It's every parent's worst nightmare to have to bury their own child. It is even more unsettling to never know how that child died. This is the unfortunate reality for Vera Frazier. This past Valentine's Day marked the third anniversary of her son Edward Dwayne Gooch's death.
As she places balloons at his graveside, she finds little comfort in knowing another year has gone by and she still does not know how or why her son died. "We still don't have any closure," Frazier said.
Police found Gooch's body inside his home off of East Jefferson Pike around 4:30 a.m., February 14, 2011 in Murfreesboro. The case remains a mystery to many.
Frazier frequents their family cemetery where Gooch is buried for solace. "I come up here at least two or three times a month to sit here and talk to him," she said. "I'm hoping that God will send some kind of sign of what happened."
She said Gooch made a habit of calling on his way to work early mornings. She says still wakes up at 2 a.m. waiting on her son's phone call, a call that will never come.
At this point, the case seems to be going cold, but Frazier has not given up hope. She believes someone is out there who knows what happened to her son. "I'm praying and I'm reaching out to whoever did this. Please," she said. "I know whoever did this, as a mother, please come forward."
The Rutherford County Sheriff's office offered a reward for information in the case years ago. For Frazier, any information would help bring her peace.
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