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ATLANTA -- For the past twenty years an Atlanta woman has held barbecues and car washes to raise reward money, she's led marches and handed out flyers, but still doesn't know who killed her 14-year-old daughter.

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of Nacole Smith's murder. The 14-year-old girl was raped and shot twice behind her apartment complex in Southwest Atlanta on June 7th, 1995.

Nacole
'
s mother has had many promising leads to her daughter
'
s killer only to have them dashed.
"
I'm still hoping and praying,
"
Aquinella Smith said.

Nacole and her friends walked to the school bus behind her Campbellton Road apartment complex. Nacole forgot some school papers and backtracked home through a wooded cut-through. Witnesses in her apartment complex heard two gunshots and found Nacole lying face down. She had been raped and shot twice in the face.

Twenty years later, her mother still fights back tears and says she has daily panic attacks. After years of internalizing her pain, she recently sought counseling.
"
I've gotten stronger to handle the pain,
"
she said.
"
The pain is still there, but I learned to deal with the pain.
"

Her biggest fear has always been that whoever killed her daughter, would hurt someone else. Nine years and 13 days after Nacole was killed, he did. On June 20, 2004, a 13-year-old East Point girl was dragged into a wooded area off Connally Road and raped. The DNA found on both girls was a match. Police said it was the same suspect.

The East Point girl survived and described the man who raped her. She said he had a gap in his front teeth and was wearing gold rimmed glasses.
"
He's lived with that for twenty years and it must be killing him,
"
Nacole
'
s mother said.

That is her hope twenty-years later. That her daughter
'
s killer will have a conscience.
"
My biggest thing I think I want this person, and maybe this is just wishful thinking for me, I want this person to come to me and turn himself in,
"
she said.

Atlanta Homicide Detective Vince Velazquez, who is handling the case now, said he's convinced someone else has intimate knowledge about the suspect, someone he bragged to, or confided in.



Crime Stoppers Atlanta
is offering up to $5,000 dollars for that information.

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