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March 2, 2014

Shot down in her prime

Destiny Pittman's slaying is one of a number of cold cases that have stumped area police over the years.

A little more than a year after Destiny Pittman was gunned down inside her south side Kokomo home, her family is still seeking answers.

Pittman, 21, died Feb. 7, 2013, of a single gunshot wound to her torso in her home at 815 James Drive.

Kokomo Police Department investigators think two intruders forced their way into the home she shared with her boyfriend on James Drive at around 9:30 p.m.

Once inside the residence, police believe the intruders were confronted by Pittman and fired a single gunshot striking her in the upper torso, a KPD press release stated after the shooting.

Pittman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police reported another woman and two children, who were not injured, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

Detectives interviewed several friends, family members and neighbors, but no one has been charged in the case.

Pittman's case is one of 13 unsolved homicides in Kokomo and Howard County that have stumped area police and left families searching for solace.

“It has been real rough,” Junior Douglas, Destiny’s father said.

“We had to go through the holidays, Christmas, her birthday,” he said. “She was incredible.”

As for the investigation, he hopes someone will come forward with information that will finally give the family some closure.

“I wish [police] could share more of what they’re doing,” he said. “But, I can understand that.”

Kokomo Police Capt. Teresa Galloway said detectives continue to follow leads in the case. They have not forgotten the pretty young woman who was slain in her home.

“It's an ongoing investigation and we're making progress," Galloway said.

"People have been less than truthful in the case," she said. "Several people who know what happened are withholding information from police. We're still moving forward and will continue to go until this is solved. We need anyone who has information to come forward."

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