24 Years Later, Young Murder Victim’s Parents Say Justice Hasn’t Been Served
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The grieving parents of a murdered teenage girl renewed their call for justice Tuesday, more than two decades after the crime.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, on March 3, 1989, in Valley Stream, Kelly Ann Tinyes, 13, was found savagely murdered in a neighbor’s house.
Now, her family has taken to the Internet to find who may have helped the killer.
Tinyes would have turned 38 on Tuesday, but to her parents, she is forever young.
“We die every day,” said her mother, Vicky Tinyes. “We die every day.”
Vicky and Richard Tinyes make an annual pilgrimage to visit the grave of their daughter on her birthday. They still feel justice has not been served.
“We will keep the fight up until I get that kid behind bars where he belongs,” Vicky Tinyes said. “Kelly would be alive if it wasn’t for John J. Golub.”
The Kelly Ann Tinyes case began as a report of a missing child that ended horrifically. Kelly Ann’s body — strangled and mutilated — was found inside her neighbors’ home.
Robert Golub, 21 at the time, was convicted of murder.
Four years later, tensions simmered on Horton Road where the families lived, as suspicions mounted around Golub’s younger brother, John J. Golub. He was in the house at the time of the murder, and Kelly Ann Tinyes’ family believes he was an accomplice.
“Kelly would have never went down to that house if it wasn’t for the phone call from John J.,” Richard Tinyes said.
The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office reopened the volatile case in 2009, citing new information, but no new charges were brought.
Now, the family is taking a route that wasn’t available in 1989. A Facebook page has been set up in Kelly Ann Tinyes’ name, with the hope for new leads.
“This kid does not deserve to be walking the streets,” Richard Tinyes said.
John R. Lewis Jr. represented the younger Golub brother when the case was re-opened, and does not agree that John J. Golub was involved.
“There was no evidence implicating John in the crime,” he said. “There is a time when your feelings, or what you believe happened, has to jibe with what reality is.”
The District Attorney’s Office said it has completed a comprehensive re-investigation of the case that did not yield proof beyond a reasonable doubt to support new charges. If, though, new evidence is discovered, the case will be reopened again.
“I’m going to do this ‘til the day I die if no justice is done,” Richard Tinyes said. “I will not stop.”
Kelly Ann Tinyes’ parents said they will never give up hope that justice will come.
John J. Golub has long denied involvement in the murder, but could not be reached Tuesday for comment. His older brother, Robert, is serving 25 years to life.
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