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Family pleads for info­rmation 17 years after murders

Pregnant woman, teenager killed in home invasion


Debbie Perkins and her 15-year-old cousin, Christi Kaufman, were gunned down in February 1994 when someone- or some people- kicked down the door of their east side home.

“Seventeen long years,” says Patrick Kaufman, Christi’s brother and Debbie’s cousin.

Perkins was 6 months pregnant.

Nearly two decades later, the victims’ family is still grieving and simultaneously longing for someone to be brought to justice.

No arrests have been made.

“You can look at these pictures and see they were full of life, man,” said Kaufman, weeping while holding images of his sister and cousin. “My sister was beginning her life at 15 years old. My cousin, Debbie Jo, was a beautiful girl.”

Investigators say it appeared at least one of the victims had been pistol-whipped.

Perkins’ child was inside the home at the time of the murders.

Beyond that, the family knows little about what happened that day.

"It can be very frustrating knowing that the people who done this to my sister could be still running around these streets,” Kaufman said.

He says different detectives have come and gone over the years, but none of them have answered any of the family's burning questions about who and why.

So Kaufman appeals to the public again asking anyone with information to be brave enough to come forward.

“I don’t want it to be forgotten,” he said. “I don’t want another 17 years.”

If you have any information about the crime, call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP.

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