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8 Years Later, Son Pleads For Leads In Brutal Sacramento Slaying Of Mother

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The son of a woman brutally murdered in a random attack is making renewed push for justice in the cold case.

Almost eight years after he lost his mother, no day is easy for Gregg Withrow.

“I’d just like to reach out and hug her,” he said.

But this one is harder than most. Gregg at the street corner where someone took his mom’s life.

Line Withrow was affectionately known as the 37th Street grandma in her East Sacramento neighborhood.

She was walking home in April 2006 with a birthday present for Gregg’s brother when, police say, a man jumped out of a green Honda, grabbed her purse and stabbed the elderly lady repeatedly.

“It was senseless,” he said. “For $15.”

She was taken off life support the day before her 45th wedding anniversary.

Investigators believe her attacker may be connected to three other robberies. But with years gone by, the trail has gone cold.

“But I’m not going to give up,” he said. “I will not give up.”

He prays every day that he’ll be able to look his mother’s killer in the eye. And he won’t have peace until he can.

“It’d mean everything,” he said. “I’d like to just look the man in the eye and question what was the reason.”

A $50,000 reward is available for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of her killer.

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