WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A prominent Utah family is keeping their murdered loved one’s memory alive by trying to help others.
After six and a half years of searching for clues, investigators have few answers about the murder of Sherry Black. She is the late mother-in-law of former Utah Jazz CEO, Greg Miller.
Tuesday, Good 4 Utah’s Ali Monsen was present as Miller’s wife Heidi Black Miller launched a foundation in her mother’s name.
“As many of you know, my mother was brutally murdered over six and a half years ago,” Heidi said, fighting tears, as she opened up about life after the homicide.
“You don’t want to imagine. It’s been tough. It’s been hard on our entire family,” she said.
It was in South Salt Lake at what used to be Black’s bookstore that the 64 year-old was found stabbed to death in 2010. Now, after all these years, investigators continue searching for clues and continue turning up empty-handed.
Still, the Millers say they are trying to hang on to hope for justice not only for Sherry, but for families of the 230,000 other homicide victims in the U.S. between 1980 and 2014, who are waiting for closure, too.
“We’ve recognized an opportunity to fill a need, and that need is the transfer of knowledge,” Greg explained.
With the goal of training 1,000 detectives each year, the Sherry Black Education Foundation will teach law enforcement new approaches to solving crimes, help facilitate better information sharing between agencies, and give investigators access to cold case experts who can help.
“I am excited that we will be able to maybe help other families. It’s been a long, painful journey, and if we can give back in some way and help someone else not have to go through what we are going through, that would bring me comfort,” Heidi said.
The first symposium is scheduled for June 26-30 in Sandy. Organizers say officers from all agencies are invited to attend. While the new foundation is starting in Utah, Heidi and Greg say they hope to eventually expand training to cities across the United States.
As for the Sherry Black murder, the Miller family says they want the public to know that they are still offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.