‘It’s not easy’: Family pleads for answers in teen girls’ Christmas Eve murders

CHARLOTTE — A family has been grieving the murders of two teenage girls for more than five months without any answers.

The 13- and 16-year-old cousins were shot and killed in east Charlotte during a gathering on Christmas Eve.

Their family spoke out only to Channel 9 on Wednesday, pleading for someone to come forward with information that might help police make an arrest.

Last Christmas Eve, police said they were called to the scene on Olde Savannah Road near Mulberry Grove Road just before 11 p.m. and when they arrived, they discovered 13-year-old Michele Avila Robles, 16-year-old Katherine Lopez Cruz and one other person had been shot.

The girls did not survive.

Months later, police have few answers and the girls’ mothers still want to know who killed their little girls.

“She’s always in my mind,” Michele’s mom Armeda Robles said. “As a mom, it’s not easy. It’s hard to keep going.”

Robles begged anyone with information to come forward.

“Put yourself in my position as a mom, as a dad,” she said. “My girl was just 13 years old.”

Police and family members are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers or 911. There is also a cash reward available for any tips that lead to an arrest in this case.

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