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Friends Fight to Keep Unsolved Murder Case Alive

Barry and Carol Sandberg were killed in May 2009 at their Bay Park home



    Barry and Carol Sandberg were brutally murdered in their Bay Park home more than five years ago. Their friends in the motorcycle community are frustrated that still no arrests have been made. NBC 7’s Liberty Zabala explains what they’re doing to keep the case alive. (Published Sunday, June 1, 2014)

    Friends of a couple brutally murdered five years ago say they won’t stop fighting until the killer is brought to justice.

    On May 7, 2009, Barry and Carol Sandberg were killed inside their Bay Park home. Five years later, no arrests have been made.

    “These people were in the safety of their own home. They were living a great life, and somebody came and ended it all. Somebody came and stole their Harley Davidson and robbed them blind and murdered them, and nothing's been done about it,” said Jerene Gorrell, Carol’s best friend.

    "You don't imagine someone that you love could be killed so violently, and you can't say goodbye," she said.

    San Diego Police Department

    On Sunday, dozens of motorcyclists rode from Mt. Soledad to San Diego Harley Davidson. They do it every year, hoping to keep the couple’s memory alive.

    "It's hard. It's harder each year. Last year, I couldn't come because it was too emotional,” Gorrell said.

    Gorrell was the one who made the call to police, who then discovered her friends’ dead bodies.

    Although frustrated that no arrests have been made, friends of the Sandbergs say they won’t lose hope. They say they’ll ride every year until the killer is behind bars.

    “Five years is a long time, but somebody's talked to somebody said something to somebody, and all you have to do is call in," Gorrell said.

    There is currently a $51,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information should contact the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

    According to police, Barry had a criminal record and multiple civil lawsuits filed against him. However, friends said he had turned his life around and was on the right track at the time of the slayings.