(WMC-TV) - Dozens of families and friends gathered at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington to show respect for a young lady who was murdered many years ago on the naval base.
Though it has been almost 29 years since 19-year-old Lance Corporal Suzanne Collins was abducted, beaten, murdered, and then mutilated while jogging near Millington Naval Base, but her heinous case is not forgotten.
Collins was training at the Millington Naval Air station when she was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by Sedley Alley, who was a civilian married to an enlisted woman at the base.
On the day of her graduation from avionics training, Collins was jogging when Alley, who was seen driving in the area of the crime, kidnapped her. Collins' body was discovered, and Alley gave a statement to police admitting to the killing, but he claimed it was accidental.
Alley was executed by lethal injection eight years ago. His children and WMC Action News 5's Janice Broach witnessed the execution.
Suzanne Collins' family did not attend the execution, but a victims' rights advocate read a statement from the family.
"Rest in Peace Suzanne. The jury's sentence has been carried out justice in your name. We will always and forever love you."
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Susanna Parkinson along with Naval Support Activity Mid-South hosted a lantern walk Monday night to keep Collins' memory alive.
"If we forget a case of this magnitude, what does it say about the many victims who don't have such cases of notoriety," said Parkinson.
They hope to raise awareness of sexual violence among naval bases across the country. Dozens showed their support.
"It means a lot to us at least we know that someone is paying attention and realizing that it is an issue," added Parkinson.
Parkinson says this case was huge and set a precedent for safety and support on the base.
"I've been working with victims of sexual violence since 1986 as a result if this crime," said Parkinson.
Captain Doug Walker says they are on a mission.
"Not only to make the guilty person punished and to make sure they no longer do that to someone else, but also to support the victim," noted Walker.
Parkinson says she reached out to Collins' family, but they did not respond. None of the people in attendance knew her, but their goal is making sure this does not happen again.
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