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Kim Simon's friends keep her memory alive, appeal to her killer on 35th anniversary of her murder

The two women held a press conference today in a wooded area off of Mohawk Street, in Whitesboro, where their friend, Kimberly Simon's, body was found after she was murdered on September 18th, 1995. They're in their 50s now, but Kim is frozen in time, forever 16.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 5:56 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2020 6:07 PM

WHITESBORO, N.Y. -- Sept. 18 always takes Lynda Fiorini and Jackie Bellino back to 1985.

"Last thing I remember is talking to her on the phone....and waiting," says Fiorini.

"And then you go to school the next day and she's not there. And all day you're 'where is she? where is she?'" says Bellino.

The two women held a press conference today in a wooded area off of Mohawk Street, in Whitesboro, where their friend, Kimberly Simon's, body was found after she was murdered on Sept. 18, 1985. They're in their 50s now, but Kim is frozen in time, forever 16.

"The thing that hurts me the most. We never got to see her grow up. We're in our 50s now........and her life was taken way too soon," said Bellino.

"No graduating high school, college, family, wedding, gone," says Fiorini.

The women, also 16 at the time, became adults fast, as the hours passed and they learned that their friend wasn't coming home. They are keeping Kim's memory alive on the anniversary of her death, hoping that whoever knows what happened to her -- and they're convinced people do know -- will come forward.

"If anyone remembers anything, it's beyond time to come forward. I'm no longer gonna beg. It's time," says Fiorini.

Refusing to let her memory die, Fiorini, Bellino and friends set up a GoFundMe page and used the money raised to buy signs that read, "who killed Kim Simon?" and they've placed the signs on busy streets in New York Mills, Marcy and Whitesboro. They've also paid for sponsored links bearing the same message to show up in people's social media feeds. They are hoping Kim's memory will reach the right person, at the right time.

"I don't think they'll ever come forward. My only hope is other people who know will come forward and tell the truth," says Fiorini.

For a time, there was peace, with the conviction of Steven Barnes, for Simon's murder. But DNA evidence freed Barnes in 2008, after he spent nearly 20 years in prison for the crime. With Kim Simon's friends Friday stood the man who will prosecute her killer, once they are identified. Assistand Oneida County District Attorney, Todd Carville, talks about what needs to happen for the case to be solved.

"DNA continuing, the technology continuing to be enhanced and hoping that we get a break forensically through that and of course any time there's live witnesses that could lend credibility to something that might not already be out there is always helpful."

Carville says this is not insurmountable.

"No, and that's why we keep hope allive and we hope that we will be able to bring justice for Kim and her family."

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