Family still searching for answers more than 30 years after father murdered

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

31 years after a Pike County man is murdered, his family still does not know who did it.

Gene Newsome was killed outside of his home on December 29th, 1979. The case is still unsolved.

Carla Bartley was 17 years old when her dad died, and she still has the clothes he was wearing that night in a bag.

She and her three younger sisters and mother still feel the pain three decades after losing their husband and father.

Four days after Christmas in 1979, police say Gene Newsome was shot in the back outside of his home. The four girls and mother were at the rolling skating rink.

"I remember it well. They sent someone to tell me he'd been shot. By the time we got to the hospital, he was dead. We didn't get to see him no more." Says Faye Newsome, Gene Newsome's wife.

"We miss our daddy. We loved him very much. Our hearts are always going to be without him. We've always got a void in our heart because we don't have him." Says Gloria Williamson, Gene's daughter.

They still do not know who killed him or why.

Bartley, who is now battling cancer, says her last wish is for answers.

"You don't know if you're going to be here for one day to the next and maybe if you had some answers, at least you would have peace before you were gone." Says Bartley.

Anyone with information on Gene Newsome's death in 1979 should call Kentucky State Police.


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