Vigil keeps cold case warm

By Michelle Costanza

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Answers to an arson that killed a 17-year-old were as hard to come by Monday as they were when fire erupted through a home on the city's east side three years ago.

Monday night, family and friends of Jeffrey Aissa gathered on what remains an empty lot on Milford Street, the site of a crime that has yet to be solved.

The lot at 20 Milford Street remains empty after a devastating fire on St. Patrick's Day morning three years ago.

With the home gone, only a memorial stands in Jeffrey Aissa's memory.

The community gathered with prayers, hugs and flowers in the place that Jeffrey's mother, Maureen, says is still filled with his warmth and smiling spirit.

"Time has not gotten any easier and I don't think it ever, ever will, no. You just don't forget," said Maureen Aissa.

Aissa said it's hard to go on with life, but friends and even complete strangers have provided unwavering support.

"It's what keeps us going. They're willing to help us find some closure. It is beyond words," said Aissa, acknowledging the crowd behind her.

Ruled an arson, the fire that engulfed the home is still under investigation, though police said they are working diligently to find answers.

Aissa is pleading with the community for help, "It's very difficult when there's someone out there who I would hope has a conscience, is struggling in some manner, and that goes for anybody. It's not going to last forever, come forward, tell what you know, and get it behind you."

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Binghamton detectives at 772-7080.

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