SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - The family of Sheena Morris hopes a petition will encourage police in Florida to reopen the investigation into her death.
More than three years ago, Morris, then living in Central New York, took a trip to Florida with her boyfriend.
While there, Bradenton Beach Police said Morris committed suicide.
Morris’ family has long believed that she was the victim of domestic violence and was murdered.
On Saturday, a “March for Sheena” was held simultaneously in Liverpool and Florida.
In both locations, participants were asked to sign a petition asking Bradenton Beach Police to reopen the investigation.
Morris’ family said it is all about making sure justice is served.
“Just a great girl. Great girl. Everybody loved her,” said Morris’ father David Morris. “Everybody still loves her. She had a lot to look forward to. Big plans. Big future.”
David Morris said police could have saved his daughter’s life when she reached out for help during a domestic violence attack the night before her death.
Friends and family have even alleged that the Bradenton Beach Police Department ruled her death a suicide to cover up the fact that it hardly investigated the case.
“What justice does that give her? She will not be resting until we do get that justice. How can she be at peace right now?” said friend Kasey Helm.
Morris’ family raised enough money to have a second autopsy done on Sheena, which came back inconclusive.
With the 2nd
autopsy being done and it being undetermined we thought the case would be reopened after that. It wasn't. So the march here today is basically to say we're not giving up on her. No one's going to give up on her,” said Helm.
The Bradenton Beach Police chief told a reporter at our sister station, WFTS in Tampa, FL, that he would be more than happy and willing to reopen the case if more evidence comes to light.
He said none of the evidence he has seen up to this point, points to a homicide.
To learn more about the case or sign the petition, click here