Slain Teen Remembered Over Holidays

Teen's Mother, Sister Collect Gifts For Needy Families In Girl's Honor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The only gift Shanda Hollis wants this Christmas is justice for her daughter's killing.

Tiphne Hollis was shot to death nine months ago on the Westside when police said someone fired at the car she was riding in with her cousins.

Now her family is preparing to celebrate their first Christmas without the 16-year-old.

"We just miss her so much," Shanda Hollis said.

Hollis' family said it hasn't gotten any easier since Tiphne's death in March.


"It is actually getting harder," said TiAmbar Hollis, Tiphne's sister.

The family said they're keeping Tiphne's memory alive by putting presents underneath their "Tiphne tree," which is covered in purple ornaments, her favorite color.

The gifts are for needy families, because the teen's family said that's what Tiphne would have wanted. The Tiphne Hollis Foundation has already designated the families that will get toys Christmas Day.

"We'll be dropping off presents and food," Shanda Hollis said. "In order to keep Tiphne close and near to me, I just do everything she used to do as a family with us."

Until police make an arrest in Tiphne's killing, the Hollis family isn't giving up. They meet and walk at the same intersection on Calvin Street on the 20th of every month, as they did Monday, and they have held a number of charity drives in Tiphne's honor.

"Every night, it gets really hard. I'll probably cry myself to sleep," TiAmbar Hollis said.

As if celebrating Christmas without the teen was not hard enough, Tiphne would have turned 17 on Dec. 28.

There's nothing the family wants more than to find her killer.

"I'll never stop, never stop until I get justice for Tiphne," Shanda Hollis said. "If it was your child, you'd be doing the same thing I was doing."

If you have any information about the killing, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.