Anonymous $5,000 donation renews family's hope of catching father's killer
WINNSBORO, TX (KLTV) - It has been nearly four years since an elderly man was found stabbed to death in his Winnsboro home and now the family has renewed hope of finding his killer.
Eighty-one-year-old Don Askew was murdered in February 2011. At the time, officials said they had leads, even a possible suspect, but no arrests were ever made.
Askew was a great-grandfather and spent much of his time around family. On Tuesday, his daughter spoke about a recent anonymous gift that she said has renewed the families hope in finding their father's killer.
Amy Askew remembered father on his old porch. It's a place she said the family spent a lot of time together and great memories were made.
"My sisters and I spent a lot of time on this porch talking and laughing and carrying on with our dad and the grand kids," Askew explained. "Just sitting here makes me think of them running around in the yard and 'Paw Paw this' and 'Paw Paw that.'"
Better memories were spent there than the ones that exist where his body was found days after he was stabbed to death in what police called a homicide.
"I've really felt like it would be solved rather quickly from what we were told and the way the case was treated in the beginning," she said.
But, as she sat remembering those good memories, nearly four years after his death, questions linger about who killed her father and whether anyone still cared. That all changed on Saturday when an anonymous member of the Winnsboro community donated $5,000 in reward money to anyone with information leading to the arrest of Don Askew's killer.
"The person that donated the $5,000 said 'your dad was an amazing guy,'" she explained. "He said 'I really liked your dad.'"
The donation brought the total reward to $10,000. The family had already pledged $5,000 back in February on the three year anniversary of Don's death.
"It just means a lot to our family to know that he's not forgotten and that there's still hope for somebody out there to go ahead and come forward," she said.
The case has been handed over to the Texas Rangers, who said they are pursuing leads and that it is an ongoing investigation. But, the Askew family is hoping to push further.
"I feel like a private investigator who has that as a priority would be able to produce those leads," she said.
Amy and her sisters are now raising money to hire a private investigator.
"There's not ever going to be closure. You don't lose somebody like that and think there's closure," she explained. "There will be justice, which will make it easier, but closure? That's not going to happen."
She hopes for memories without questions tarnishing their time together.
Askew said she believe her father's murder was over money. Someone had broken into his house just weeks before his murder and stolen money. Officials have not linked the burglary to the murder.
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