Neighbors Make Holiday Season Plea for Justice for Aliza Spencer
Amid the traditional holiday decorations on a Binghamton street as Christmas approaches sits a somber memorial to a 12-year-old girl who was fatally shot last spring.
Aliza Spencer was killed on the night of April 21. The sixth-grade student at East Middle School died shortly after she was shot in the chest while walking with her father and brother near the family's Bigelow Street home.
The small memorial has become a fixture in the residential neighborhood. It features photos of Aliza, along with flowers and candles. In recent days, a holiday wreath and miniature Christmas trees have been added.
According to Aliza's obituary, she "loved to cook and bake; she loved to help prepare Holiday meals."
A new sign has been posted on a utility pole at the scene of the deadly shooting. It reads: "All we want for Christmas is JUSTICE FOR ALIZA."
The sign calls attention to a $29,500 reward fund for information in the case.
Binghamton police investigators have been working to find the person responsible for Aliza's death.
There have been no formal updates from police since a brief news conference was held the day after the shooting.
An investigator on Thursday afternoon said detectives continue to follow up on all potential leads but there were no new developments to report.
People with information about the case may contact the Binghamton police detective division at (607) 772-7080.
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