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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Fourth anniversary of unsolved murder arrives

  • Wednesday, April 16 marked the fourth anniversary of a terrible tragedy for Jerlene Gilmore and her family. On that fateful day, a son, a brother and who so many described as “a loveable human being,” Michael “Rudy” Gilmore was shot to death at his off Arkansas State University campus apartment in Jonesboro. The case is still listed as “unsolved.”
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  • Wednesday, April 16 marked the fourth anniversary of a terrible tragedy for Jerlene Gilmore and her family. On that fateful day, a son, a brother and who so many described as “a loveable human being,” Michael “Rudy” Gilmore was shot to death at his off Arkansas State University campus apartment in Jonesboro. The case is still listed as “unsolved.”
    In the meantime, Jerlene Gilmore goes about her daily life staying busy by seeking closure in her son’s death while tirelessly keeping his memory and spirit alive.
    Tonight, the fourth annual Michael “Rudy” Gilmore Memorial Scholarship program will be held at 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Helena-West Helena. Proceeds from the event will go to fund a scholarship in Michael’s memory, to help a Phillips County student attend Phillips College. The event will feature Gospel music, praise dance teams, a talent show, a drawing and door prizes, all for one small $3 cover charge.
    Despite the fact that four years have passed, Gilmore says dealing with this unthinkable tragedy is still quite difficult.
    “There’s no healing because there has been no closure,” she said.
    “I know there are people out there who know what happened to Michael,” Gilmore continued. “I just wish they could find in their heart to come forward and tell what they know so that the family can find closure and peace of mind.”
    Gilmore went onto say that the family’s lives have been torn apart by the senseless tragedy.
    “It is very hard to get on with our lives without Michael and without closure,” she added.
    The Gilmores do not know anymore about the crime that took Michael’s life today than when the incident occurred in April 2011. Gilmore says she’s heard that it is still an ongoing investigation but no one from the Jonesboro Police Department has spoken directly with her.
    A gifted athlete, Michael was just a few weeks away from graduation from ASU and eventually hoped to work in a sports medicine related field. Even after his death Michael impacted and saved lives through organ donations.
    Meanwhile the Gilmore family is working hard to keep Michael’s legacy alive through his memorial scholarship. The latest Michael Gilmore Memorial Scholarship recipient is Hakeam Williams, a 2013 graduate of Central High School who is currently majoring in information systems technology at Phillips College.
    Gilmore made the presentation to Williams Tuesday at the college.
    “To date, Michael’s scholarship has already helped four local students,” commented Gilmore.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gilmore noted that any Phillips County high school student meeting the criteria could apply for the scholarship through Rhonda St. Columbia at the college.
    Gilmore pointed out that the fund-raiser is not the only time to donate to Michael’s scholarship fund.  You can do so anytime, simply by contacting her at (870) 816-8698.

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