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Family and Friends look for answers in fatal Troy fire
TROY -- Dozens of people marched along the streets of Lansingburgh Wednesday evening to raise awareness about last months homicide of a pregnant college student.
Vanessa Milligan, 19, was found dead inside a burning building on 5th Ave. last month. She was expected to deliver a baby girl a few days later.
Milligans family marched from the Missing Link Street Ministry to the fire scene after police said they have been struggling to get tips from the community.
Whoever did this to her is still out there and I don't forget about it. Theres not a single day that goes by that I don't think of her, said Shannon Williamson, Milligans aunt.
Troy Police said they are treating the case as a double homicide and believe the fire was intentionally set. Detectives have interviewed several potential suspects, but none have been publically identified.
Police have not said whether the fire or a prior act killed Milligan. They are still waiting on toxicology tests to return from the lab.
The community just doesn't seem to be coming to us with the information we feel is out there. A crime of this type, we would sense, brings outrage to the community, but we often see a much better response as far as the information trail leading to the suspects, said Capt. John Cooney with the Troy Police Department.
The march ended at a makeshift memorial across the street from the now boarded building where Milligan lived. The group briefly paused, prayed and encouraged the community to bring forward any information, no matter how small.
I can't even imagine who could do this to her. I really don't know. She's an all-out good girl, said Williamson. Just put yourself in our shoes, please. What if this was your sister, what if this was your daughter, niece. How can people just do this and turn their heads? It doesn't make sense. All we want is answers.