Mother of Murdered Girl: “We’re Not Letting You Get Away”

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It’s been almost a year since 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam’s body was found in a Rosemont park, and no arrests have been made.

“We’re not letting you get away. Yeah, that’s the message. Whoever you are, I hope you’re losing sleep over this,” Tara Haslam, Jessica’s mother, said Friday. “The reason why I just asked for you guys this time is I’m wanting to keep it out there because, hoping that whoever’s done this, that by keeping it out there that they won’t be able to sleep. They won’t be able to rest.”

Investigators combed the area where Jessica’s body was found for clues, followed hundreds of leads, but still came up empty. March 6 marks one year since her body was found.

Although detectives have no new leads on the case, they’re still hopeful they will eventually get Jessica’s killer.

This past year has been most difficult for Tara.

“We would get up every morning at 6 o’clock. And I’d have to kinda push and roll her outta bed for school. No matter how much she hated it. It was something that we did,” Haslam said. “Now , I just kinda take it one day at a time. So I don’t have a schedule anymore. That’s been hard.”

Tara hopes parents never feel her pain and urges them to keep their kids close.

“I know you’re teenagers aren’t gonna listen as we want them to, but don’t give up,” she said.

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