Daughter of slain mother still seeks closure in 1988 cold case

Ronnell Levesque was just 9 years old on the night her mother, Sheila Levesque, was fatally attacked in their Malden home on March 12, 1988.

WOBURN — Ronnell Levesque was just nine years old on the night her mother, Sheila Levesque, was fatally attacked in their Malden home on March 12, 1988.

Ronnell and her five brothers and sisters were in the apartment asleep when Sheila’s killer struck.

Ronnell has spent nearly her entire life wondering who murdered her mother, while all the children slept.

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“It’s something I think about daily. Most people in their spare time and their quiet time do their nails and stuff. I’m trying to solve my mom’s case,” she said.

At the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office in Woburn, Ronnell Levesque met with investigators for about two hours, discussing the case, discussing why Sheila’s murder is still unsolved.

After 32 years, Ronnell is not backing down.

“Any of the mistakes that were made in the past are definitely not going to stop me. If that were the case, it would have stopped me in the beginning,” she said.

Sheila Levesque was fatally stabbed in her bedroom. She died at Massachusetts General Hospital 12 hours later.

Authorities say, at the time of the attack, there was a party taking place in the next building.

“It’s mind-boggling that nobody heard nothing. And this was a woman who was fighting for her life, in a small complex where the houses are so close. You can hear mumbling in the next apartment when people are talking,” she said.

In a statement to Boston 25 News, the Middlesex County DA’s office said:

The investigation into the homicide of Sheila Levesque remains open. We know that there were multiple people in the vicinity of (her) home when the stabbing occurred and we continue to encourage anyone with information to contact authorities.

Ronnell Levesque said she believes the best hope of finding her mother’s killer is that someone who was there that night, finally breaks down and calls police.

Thirty-two years is a long time to wait for justice.

Ronnell Levesque was just 9 years old on the night her mother, Sheila Levesque, was fatally attacked in their Malden home on March 12, 1988.