Family still searching for answers 7 years after grandmother's murder

Family still searching for answers 7 years after grandmother's murder. (WGFL)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) - It's been almost seven years since police say 96-year-old Lila Leach was murdered, and the family is still searching for answers.

For Karen Black, every day has been a hard day after losing the grandmother she loved dearly.

"Whoever said time heals all wounds, that's not true," said Black. "I would define it as the meaning of hell. My grandmother was savagely beaten, to the point that she unrecognizable."

Police say the elderly woman was at her home in Newberry when she was brutally attacked, and later died from her injuries.

"A lot of nightmares, a lot of fear for my family, and a lot of concern for the community, because this crime occurred in Newberry," said Black. "Someone knows something, and it's not anything to be taken lightly."

On Thursday night, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office had more than 40 local law enforcement officials walk around neighborhoods in Newberry, passing out flyers about the case and looking for new leads.

The sheriff's office also has a billboard up about the case on State Road 26 and is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 372-7867.

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