Vigil held in remembrance of Madison mother slain in unsolved 2010 homicide

New Haven

MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — A vigil was held for a mother from Madison Saturday, who was killed almost 10 years ago.

Family and friends of Barbara Hamburg gathered outside the First Congregational Church Saturday afternoon to remember her life.

Hamburg was found dead outside her home on March 3, 2010. That was the same day she was supposed to appear in New Haven Superior Court for a status conference stemming from her 2005 divorce, but she never made it.

Her sister, Conway, found her.

“What that person did — or people did to my sister was horrific,” said Conway Beach. “And I want that memory out of my mind because it was awful to see and I want my family at peace again.”

Hamburg’s death has gone unsolved and was listed as a cold case, adding to the pain.

Her son, Madison, has a message to whoever killed his mom: “If you’re out there — the person who killed my mom — I feel sorry for what you must be carrying. If I could ask you one question– it would just be why?”

“Please turn yourself in,” Madison said. “Let us know why at least.”

The family created a website in an effort to get some answers: that offers different ways to give anonymous tips.

The family says they are determined to find out who took their loved one away.

“We never are going to give up — ever,” Beach said. “None of us.”

They say they will also strive to keep the case in the news. They want to hold another remembrance ceremony on March 3, which marks 10 years since Barbara Hamburg’s death. Specific plans are still being worked out.

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