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Vigil remembers unsolved murders from 20 years ago

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A vigil was held Sunday evening for two families that had a loved one murdered more than 20 years ago, both cases without a conviction, but the families believe the murders are connected. A vigil was held Sunday evening for two families that had a loved one murdered more than 20 years ago, both cases without a conviction, but the families believe the murders are connected.
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A vigil was held Sunday evening for two families that had a loved one murdered more than 20 years ago, both cases without a conviction, but the families believe the murders are connected.

Berkley Riverfront Park was packed with people holding candles and sharing memories about the two young women murdered.

Two decades have passed for two families grieving a mother and a sister - murdered in separate crimes four years apart.

But a few details - facts and people lining up - are now drawing the families together.

"A way we can relate that nobody else can. We lean on each other a lot," Josh Ault said.

Ault was just four years old when someone broke into his Independence home in January 1994 and shot his mother, Diana Ault, to death in front of him and his baby sister.

"I was startled by the loud noise and remember seeing the shadow of her falling to the floor," he said.

It's one of the few memories he has of his mother, and he believes it has stuck with him to keep him working for justice.

"I'm strong enough now to do what I can to get that word out. To tell my story and my mom's story, and speak for our family," he said.

Matt DeLeon knows that pain too well. His sister, Sarah DeLeon was stabbed to death in December 1989.  Her body was found near railroads in Kansas City, KS, and her car abandoned in the road after possibly breaking down.

"This kind of thing changes you," Matt DeLeon said.  "Hope that we can bring justice to this eventually."

The families believe the murders are connected and that finding the killer in either case could solve both, bringing answers victims on both sides need to move forward.

"The confusion is why, the sadness is because of the loss but, knowing that this person is living a life that they took from our family members is angering," Josh Ault said.

Independence police did reopen Diana Ault's cold case in October and there is a $5,000 reward to help find her killer.

Sarah DeLeon's family is still working with KCK police to get her case reopened.

There are new websites set up to share any tips: justicefordianaault.com and justiceforsarahdeleon.com.

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