People rally to support Project Cold Case

Organization continues work to find answers in unsolved cases

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A benefit supporting Project Cold Case was held Saturday night on the Southbank to help provide resources to families waiting for justice. 

The organization continues its work to find answers in unsolved cases and often succeeds in its mission.

With music and food, supporters came together for the fundraiser at the Southern Grill. All of the proceeds will benefit Jacksonville's Project Cold Case.

"We're raising awareness, trying to raise funds for them to help other families find some closure for their loved ones that have been murdered," Bobby Farah, the son of Freddie Farah, who was murdered.

Bobby Farah is no stranger to the kind of loss many there have experienced. His father was killed at a Jacksonville convenience store in 1974. With no leads, the case went cold.

That is until December when it was reopened and investigators eventually tracked down and arrested Freddie Farah's suspected killer.

Project Cold Case played a major role in that arrest.

"I never gave up," Bobby Farah said. "I always knew there was somebody who was responsible for my father's murder, and I really wanted to find out who that person was, and with the help of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, I was able to get that information.

Johnnie Miller is expected to be extradited to Jacksonville next week from Louisiana to be tried for the murder of Freddie Farah. 

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dan Jansen said the arrest proves even after more than four decades, a case can move forward.

"We took a look at the case, we reviewed it as a team and we saw that there was some evidence we could work with, and so we focused on that evidence and went forward with it from there," Jansen said.

Bobby Farah hopes Saturday night's benefit will help bring the same kind of developments to other cases that have now gone cold.

"It's an awesome event," Bobby Farah said.