McDonald's Murder Mystery Still Unsolved After 15 Years

Victim's family says police dropped the ball

The family of a Dallas mother who was killed in a fast-food parking lot 15 years ago is speaking out in hopes it will lead to an arrest in the unsolved case.

Cheryl Blake was shot and killed in the drive-through of the McDonald's at Jim Miller and Interstate 30 on May 20, 1994.

"This is the first time I've been here since it happened," said Jay Blake, her 20-year-old-son.

He was only 5 years old when his mother was shot and killed.

"We needed our mom," he said, fighting back tears. "How could they come forward and shoot her like that? She had $5 in her hand."

Homicide detectives said the gunman fired several shots, one of which hit Cheryl Blake in the head.

Her sister, Patricia Frost, said she has her suspicions about who pulled the trigger, but Dallas police believe it was a random shooting.

"At that time, we were experiencing a lot of carjackings," Sgt. Larry Lewis said. "Right now, that's the only motive we can come up with."

It's been 15 years without an arrest.

"When I call, the only response I get is, ‘Unless we get any new leads, we are at a dead end,'" Frost said.

Blake’s oldest son, Jonathon, has also made repeated calls to Dallas police from Iraq, where he's currently serving his country.

"If his mother had lived, he probably would not be in Iraq," Frost said. "It left him kind of fearless, I think."

The only thing Cheryl's family said they are afraid of is the idea that justice may never be served in the case.

"There are people out there that know exactly what happened and why it happened," Frost said.

Dallas police said witnesses at the drive-through described seeing two Hispanic men in a gold- or yellow-colored Cadillac with a tail light out.

Anyone with information is urged to call Dallas homicide detectives.

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