PORT BOLIVAR — On Tuesday, relatives of two Houston women who were murdered last week gathered outside the Port Bolivar convenience store where the couple’s bodies were found to urge anyone with information on the double homicide to come forward.
Community activist Quanell X and family members of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, both 24, handed out fliers with a police sketch of the man who authorities said was last seen with the two women.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the person of interest, as well as Cosby’s vehicle, a silver 2006 Kia Sorento with gray trim.
Jackson and Cosby’s bodies were found near a metal garbage container about 7:45 a.m. Friday outside Fisherman’s Cove Food Mart in the 700 block of state Highway 87 on Port Bolivar, about a mile from the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry landing.
Cosby died of blunt force trauma, and Jackson died of a gunshot wound, according to the sheriff’s office.
After saying a prayer, Cosby’s grandmother spoke to reporters about the death of her granddaughter.
“It’s not right to take someone’s life and throw them away like garbage,” Patricia Nixon said.
Nixon said Cosby worked at a coffee shop and had hopes of enrolling in college to study to become a nurse.
“I’ve never known anybody to dislike her,” she said.
John Cooks, Jackson’s uncle, said his niece loved her family and loved being a mother to her 5-year-old daughter.
Cooks said he hoped the family’s plea would motivate someone with information to come forward.
“Justice has to be served,” Cooks said.
Detectives suspect the women were killed elsewhere before their bodies were driven to Port Bolivar and dropped off, although the sheriff’s office has not said whether the vehicle took the ferry.
Quanell X, who has made a name for himself, in part, by promoting a “no-snitch” policy to encourage residents to report crimes, said he hoped passing out fliers on the ferry would lead to a break in authorities’ investigation.
He said he suspected Jackson and Cosby’s killer would be familiar with the Galveston area and familiar with the ferry to the peninsula.
“Who would feel so comfortable to ride across the ferry with two dead women in the back of your vehicle without fear of being searched?” Quanell X asked.
The sheriff’s office is working to determine a motive in the killings and is continuing to pursue every lead, Maj. Darrell Isaacks said.
Detectives said Cosby and Jackson were in a relationship, but it’s unclear if their murder would be considered a hate crime.
Equality Texas, a gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocacy group, issued a statement Tuesday urging the U.S. Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies to find the couple’s killer.
The statement cited a report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs that found that more than 73 percent of anti-LGBT homicide victims in 2012 were people of color.
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