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An AC360° Cold Case: Nine-year-old girl's murder still unsolved

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

(CNN) - Ricky Hagerman sits on a bench staring at a tree planted in memory of his big sister Amber who was brutally murdered 15 years ago. The words “Amber” and “Angel” are spray painted on a wall directly below the tree, the very spot where his sister was last seen alive.

“I love her and miss her very much and hope one day justice will be brought to her,” says Hagerman who, at 5-years-old, was the last person with his 9-year-old sister before she was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in January of 1996 in Arlington, Texas. The killer has never been caught.

In Hagerman’s only interview, he stands at the spot where he was last with his big sister, a loading dock of an abandoned grocery store where he and Amber enjoyed riding their bikes up and down the ramps leading to rear entrance of the store. Their grandparents lived only a few blocks away.

Ricky decided to head back, his sister wanted to stay a little longer.

“I went back by myself and my grandfather said, where is your sister?” said Hagerman who rode his bike back to get his sister. “I came back to get her and she was nowhere to be found.”

A neighbor, who could see the ramps where the children were riding their bikes from his backyard, called police. He reported witnessing a man driving away in a pickup truck after grabbing Amber Hagerman off of her bicycle.

Ricky went to get his grandfather and returned to the ramps to look for Amber when they noticed police arriving.

“We see the police and the bike and my grandfather said, where’s my granddaughter?” said Hagerman. “The cop said there’s been a child taken from here.”

Though only 5 years of age at the time, Ricky lives that moment over and over in his mind. He still feels a sense of guilt for leaving his big sister behind.
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