Vigil Honors Teen Murdered 39 Years Ago


The murder happened 39 years ago, but it is not forgotten as the search for Christie Mullins’ killer continues.

Saturday, on the anniversary of her murder, friends, family and former classmates of Mullins gathered for a vigil to remember her and continue their push for justice.

The vigil was held behind the former Homedale Elementary School.

It is where Christie attended school, but also where she and her sister played on the playground as children. There were lots of hugs and a few tears at Saturday night’s vigil. Those who knew and loved Christie Mullins said despite the passage of time, their pain is still fresh.

“It was just like it was yesterday, Christie was right here with us. Christie never went away,” Barbara Sanford said.

About 50 people gathered to remember the 14-year-old who was found murdered 39 years ago to the day.

“It’s amazing, 39 years later so many people would still care,” Kim Mullins, Christie’s sister said.

Many at the vigil shared memories, but many came with the purpose of keeping the case in the public eye to find her killer.

“We just need to know who did it so the Mullins family can have closure,” Lynn Dean said.

In August of 1975, Christie's body was discovered in the woods behind the Graceland shopping center.  Police said she was tied up and beaten to death.

Earlier this year Columbus police announced they are taking another look at the case.

“I want justice for my sister,” Kim Mullins said.

The cold case unit with Columbus police is investigating the case, including whether DNA evidence can be submitted for testing.