Unsolved: Families Mourn Loved Ones Lost to Tragic Murders and Hit-and-Run

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the new year begins, several local families are still seeking closure for the unsolved deaths of their loved ones. For the family of Casey Mack Goodson, New Year’s Day marked the one-year anniversary of his murder off Highway 20 in Leon County. Goodson was shot near his home on Ravensview Drive last January after he noticed someone suspicious and chased after them, only to be gunned down on the sidewalk. His family continues to wait for answers regarding who killed him and why, with a reward of $9,500 for any information that helps deputies catch his killer.

In another tragic case, the family of former Valdosta State student Brianna Long is also grieving. Long, just 21 years old, was struck and killed by a stray bullet in October of 2023 while finishing up work at the Pier Bar in Remerton. A $25,000 reward has been offered in her case, as friends and loved ones remember her as a bright light with a positive impact on those around her.

Furthermore, the unsolved death of a 16-year-old Valdosta High School student and football player has left the community shocked. Sam Johnson, Jr. was hit and killed by a car on December 9, after going out to help a dog that had been hit by another car. While the police have found the car and the driver, no charges have been filed.

These tragic cases highlight the pain and frustration experienced by the families of the victims, who are still seeking answers and closure. Anyone with information about any of these cases is encouraged to share that information with local police to help bring justice and peace to the grieving families.