Friends, family and fans adorn a memorial at a vigil for the slain April Kauffman, of Linwood, Saturday night at Woodstock Drive and the bike path in Linwood. The day marked the two-year anniversary of her murder, which remains unsolved.

Ben Fogletto

LINWOOD — Friends and family of the late radio host April Kauffman feel like they have waited long enough and plan to start taking more action to have her killing solved.

A rally for justice and a candlelight vigil was held for Kauffman Saturday on Woodstock Drive here at the bike path by a bench dedicated in her name. Kauffman was found shot to death on May 10, 2012, in her home here.

Harry Hurley, Kauffman’s friend and a fellow radio host, acted as the master of ceremony for the event.

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“I regret to report that it’s two years to the day, and we still don’t have closure,” said Hurley, who can be heard on WPG-AM 1450. “We’re not even close to having justice for April. It’s two years from her being taken in a violent and unacceptable way. We know less now than we did then.”

Kauffman’s friends, family and supporters need to start making some noise, but in a professional and lawful way, Hurley said.

Hurley advocated for increased outreach to the media, the establishment of a hotline and the hiring of a private detective. Hurley said he receives calls quarterly from three national networks asking him if there have been updates with Kauffman’s case.

For Lee Darby, 59, of Absecon, who was one of Kauffman’s friends and an organizer of Saturday’s event, it is getting harder, not easier, over time to deal with Kauffman’s killing.

“We can’t grieve. We haven’t been able to go through the normal grieving process because her killer is still at large,” said Darby, who met Kauffman in 1980 and was friends with her until her death.

“It’s sad. Instead of being able to grieve, this is my life, fighting for justice,” Darby said.

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