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When Jenny Carrieri’s twin sister, Jody LeCornu, was shot to death in 1996, she hoped investigators would quickly find the killer. After all, there were fingerprints. There were multiple eyewitnesses. There was video surveillance footage.
But in the months, years, and now decades since her 23-year-old sister’s murder, Carrieri, now 46, grew tired of waiting for answers.
Carrieri would stop at nothing to find justice for her twin, she told “Relentless With Kate Snow” on Oxygen.
As kids, the two were inseparable, Carrieri told local NBC affiliate WBAL-TV.
“My dad called her like a sunbeam,” Carrieri said. “She was such a great person, and she had a lot of friends. Everybody loved her. Growing up, it was like having your best friend around all the time.”
Although the sisters lived across the country from each other as adults — Carrieri in San Francisco, LeCornu in Baltimore — they were constantly in contact, often racking up massive phone bills, according to the Washington Post.
But early on March 2, 1996, that bond was forever cut.
Around 3:30 a.m., LeCornu’s car was seen pulling into a parking lot on the outskirts of Baltimore. She made several phone calls and after a few minutes, witnesses said, a white BMW pulled up beside her, according to the Post.
A stocky black man stepped out and walked up to LeCornu’s window, witnesses claimed. He fired a single shot, which tore through the passenger window and driver’s seat to sever the woman’s spine, according to NPR. A dying LeCornu managed to drive to the parking lot across the street, but the man followed her. Once she parked, he reached into her car, took something out, and drove off.
Up to six witnesses are believed to have seen the crime take place, and police recovered fingerprints and video surveillance footage, according to NPR. Carrieri, devastated by the loss, retreated from the world and hoped justice would come soon, she told “Relentless.”
As the years went by, that hope began to wane. About 20 years after the fact, Carrieri finally worked up the strength to reach out to the police.
“In a meeting with the detectives, they said, ‘Jody’s case, we’ve exhausted all our leads. Jody’s case is sitting somewhere in a closet,’” Carrieri told “Relentless.”
The department’s apparent lack of concern lit a fire in Carrieri. In 2016, she petitioned investigators to make her sister’s case file public, since she believed this would help her pursue justice on her own. When the police refused, she filed a lawsuit, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Not long after that, Carrieri was inspired by Oscar-winning movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” according to NPR. She paid over $3,000 to post a red-and-white billboard near the scene of her sister’s murder. Bearing LeCornu’s name and face, along with the caption “Find my killer,” it promised a $32,000 reward for information about the crime, according to the Sun.
In March, Carrieri erected three more billboards in the heart of Baltimore, according to NBC News. This time, she tripled the reward to $100,000.
Carrieri has taken aim at specific officials with the billboards. In April, an ad with a picture of LeCornu went up near Baltimore City Hall, according to D.C. outlet WTOP.
“Gov. [Larry] Hogan, will you please help my family find my killer?” the ad reads.
Carrieri told producers she also put up a billboard targeting Scott Shellenberger, the Baltimore County State’s Attorney.
“I tweeted the county executive first and I said, ‘Do you want a billboard? Because you’re not responding to my emails,” Carrieri told producers.
“S.A. Shellenberger, release my records,” the billboard’s caption reads.
To learn more about Carrieri’s relentless campaign for justice, watch the season finale of “Relentless With Kate Snow” at Oxygen.com. Visit Carrieri’s website at www.justiceforjody.com. If you have information on the case, please contact the Baltimore County Police Department at (410) 887-2222.
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