Vacaville residents remembered a teenager Thursday night decades after she was murdered and her killer has never been arrested despite the community's claims they know who killed her.
Friends and family of 14-year-old De Anna Lynn Johnson gathered Thursday at the church where she worshiped 30 years ago and they were still overcome with grief as they demandedJohnson's killer to be arrested.
De Anna was last seen at a party just down the street from her Vacaville home 30 years ago tonight.
Her beaten and strangled body was found the next day by some nearby railroad tracks.
Tony Whittle, one of Johnson's friends said he remembers that day like it was yesterday.
"I had never experienced this evil, and I had no idea it existed," Whittle said. "I probably stood there shivering in complete sadness for about an hour before I was able to get myself to leave that horrific murder scene."
But friends also have vivid recollections of good times spent with De Anna.
"I always go home and listen to Journey, because that's my very last memory, sitting at Round Table Pizza and listening to Journey on the jukebox," " said Parrish Mackey-Shull. "
At the time, Vacaville was a small farming town where it seemed everyone knew everyone's business.
Many people said the killer was also at that party.
"We are very well aware of who it is," said Mary Borchers, De Anna's best friend. "He has bragged about it many times, even just recently in the last several months."
Vacaville city councilwoman Dilenna Harris came to the vigil and quoted the police chief on the case.
"We don't have enough evidence to actually convict or to actually even bring charges," Harris said.
De Anna's killing has stuck in the hearts of this community.
"That day, my image of the world changed forever," Whittle said. "That was the day that evil kicked in the door on my young life, and has never left."
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