A mother’s unwavering commitment to find her daughter’s killer

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Behind the billboards raised on the US 95 is a relentless mother determined to find an answer.

“Sydney Land was a victim in a double murder, she was not the intended target,” said Connie Land, Sydney’s mother. “The other victim was Nehemiah Kauffman. It was a non-forced entry. They were living at the Union Apartments off on South Hualapai.” 

The Land family has fought tirelessly to find the person who killed their daughter. Nearly two years later, Metro Police say they haven’t been able to identify a motive or any suspects.

Sydney was 21-years-old and her boyfriend, Nehemiah, was 20-years-old. They were found dead in October of 2016.

“We were told that there were two individuals or two men that were involved in the incident. They shot him, shot her,” said Land. 

The billboards are a reminder to the community and a plea for justice.

“We see pictures of her and we’re getting older and the pictures are the same and that’s what’s hard, you know, but i’m glad that she is safe, that she is not around these people that can hurt her anymore,” said Land. 

Before her death, Sydney told her mother that she was in trouble.

“It’s not a case that should be forgotten. It’s a case that is still unsolved, a case that still impacts people and our family and I know that these people still walk the streets so as long as they are still out moving among us, it’s my responsibility to keep the story out there,” Land added. 

But, Land never found out why. 

“Once I stop talking about this story, this story goes away and it will become a cold case put on the shelf and I will not allow that to happen,” Land said.

Land is currently raising money to keep the billboards up and for help.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Las Vegas Police Homicide section at 702-828-3521 or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com.

Anonymous tips may be left with Crime Stoppers of Nevada at 702-385-5555.

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