Vigil Marks 20th Anniversary Of Brutal, Unsolved Murders

WILLIAMSPORT — Family and friends of a slain mother and young daughter came together Tuesday night for the 20th anniversary of their deaths.

Gail Matthews and her 5-year-old daughter Tamara Berkheiser were killed in Williamsport back in September 1994 and the crime remains unsolved.

It’s been two decades with no answers, but friends and family of Gail Matthews came together once again for an annual vigil in Brandon Park.

“Why? Who would do such a thing?” said Gail’s brother, David Matthews. “To my sister and to my niece. She was five years old, just starting kindergarten.”

“It’s tough. It’s tough to know that she was taken from us at such a young age and 20 years later the person who committed this crime is still on the loose, still on the streets,” said 29-year-old Joe Hamm, who used to play with Tamara.

The bodies of Gail and Tamara were found on September 2, 1994 inside Gail`s home along Center Street in Williamsport.

While an arrest was made, those charges were dropped and this crime has remained a cold case.

“This family has endured a lot: 20 years of rumors, people being arrested, people being let go,” said Detective Kenneth Mains with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office. “I owe it to them and I owe it to the victims.”

For all involved, it appears no one is giving up, despite 20 years having gone by with no one being held responsible.

Family and friends say they will continue to hold this service to remind people that person is still out there and needs to be brought to justice.

“Hopefully their time is coming. They know who they are,” said Matthews. “We’re going to come and get you, buddy. Definitely going to get you.”

“As I said tonight, I feel like we`re closer than ever to seeing this case solved,” said Hamm.

Anyone who may have information on the murders of Gail Matthews and her daughter is asked to contact detectives at the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office.

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