Community leaders demand answers concerning homicide

MARIAH CUNNINGHAM, 
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It appears the high-profile murder of a mother and two of her children will remain an open case for Little Rock police into 2018, but community leaders are keeping the pressure on. 

Cunningham and her two children, Alayah and Elijah, were found dead earlier this month at Rosewood Apartments in Little Rock.

Today several local advocates including Arkansas Stop the Violence, Citizens for Credibility of Trust in Little Rock Leadership, Parents of Murdered Children and the Nation of Islam, all gathered for a conference to demand help from the community.

“Now is the time for us to speak up, speak out and speak loudly,” said Representative Fred Allen. 

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Three white crosses adorned by flowers now stand in front of the complex on Lancaster Road. It’s been more than three weeks since Cunningham and her children were found dead. 

“We want you to treat these three people like they were your own family. If they were your family, you'd want someone to turn them in,” Reverend Benny Johnson with Arkansas Stop the Violence. 

Cunningham's Grandmother found her family in the apartment after the children didn't arrive for school.

Now Arkansas Stop the Violence and other community groups are starting a campaign, “Justice for Mariah and Her Children" 

“Just like this person killed three people, they will certainly kill again. And we don't need any more violence or killings in the city of Little Rock,” said Allen. 
This community is pleading with its own people to end ongoing patterns of silence. 

“Quit with that no snitching thing. What if it was your mom or your children, wouldn’t you want someone to tell something,” said Amy Stivers with Parents of Murdered Children. 

These groups pledge they won't stop until Cunningham's family gets action and answers.

“If you went to that funeral, unlike some of our public officials, you would've seen one big casket and two small caskets. If that doesn't affect you, I don't have anything else to say to you. I’m done with anyone who thinks like that,” Ean Bordeux, with the Black Panther Party, added. 

Police have yet to name any suspects in the case or provide any updates on their investigation.

The city initially offered a $10,000 reward in the case. It's now up to $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

If you have any information please contact the Little Rock Police Department.