Family desperate for answers in couple’s brutal murder

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Two years since someone murdered a man and woman in Portsmouth and there’s a renewed effort to find their killer.

In 2012, police found James Gough inside a burning jeep on Florida Avenue in Port Norfolk. Later that day, they found the body of the Jeep’s owner, Ann Gilkerson, in Gough’s Broad Street home.

Friday night, friends and family gathered to remember their lives.

“It’s been really tough,” said Gough’s mother, Joanne Gough.vigil2

Gough was one of about 50 who stood out in the cold holding a candle for her son.

“When a loved one leaves, that’s what they leave behind the memories,” one friend said. “We can’t go with them, but we will always have those memories.”

It was two years ago, February 7, when news from police devastated two families.

“The door bell rang in the morning and they showed us a picture of Anne,” Gough added. “They wanted to know if we recognized her and we did. She had been over the night before with Dave.”

“They found David in my sister’s car and, in the process, they were looking for her,” Gilkerson’s brother, Frank Dozier, said.

“Anne’s body was found in Dave’s apartment,” Gough said.

David Gough had been stabbed to death. His body burned when the car was set on fire. His girlfriend Anne Glikerson was found with at least 100 stab wounds.

“It was over 100,” Dozier added. “I don’t know about David. I know he was stabbed too. I don’t know how many times. It was pretty bad. It was way more than necessary.”

For two years, police have chased down leads, but are yet to make an arrest.

“It is hard to put it behind you when the person that did it is still out there,” Dozier said.

“I know someone knows something,” Joanne Gough added. “There are several people that know what happened and they just need to come forward.”

So far that hasn’t happened. The families say they won’t rest until the murderer is behind bars.

“They need to pay for what they did,” Gough said. “It would be a sense of peace.”

If you know anything about the deaths of Gough and Gilkerson, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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