Family remembers two slain Niagara Falls women through park vigil

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – The murders of two Niagara Falls women is still a mystery. A neighbor found the dismembered body of Terri Lynn Bills earlier this month in an empty house on Willow Avenue. The case is strikingly similar to the unsolved murder of Loretta Gates, who was killed in 2012.

Heart balloons and lanterns were lit in honor of the two women. A family member, Sammi Jo Toarmino from Niagara Falls said, “We are just here showing love and support and support. Hopefully we find the killer. The killer is still loose and we want to know we haven’t forgotten about them.” Police and Detectives showed their support for the family and pledged their total resources to find the killer. They came with video cameras in case it could help in their investigation.

Bryan DelPorto From the Niagara Falls Police Department said, “We will keep every avenue open, we will work every end and every to this case; exhausting every resources. The Dectives are here to support the family and the community.”

In September of 2012 on Duck Island the remains of Loretto Joe Gates, 30, were found. Just two weeks ago body parts identified as Terri Lynn Bills, 46, were found in a vacant home on Willow Avenue. Bills is Gates Aunt. Family and friends came together to remember these two women as both of their cases remain unsolved. Family members tell us the vigil was about closure, but they want to send the message they are not giving up in finding who killed these two women.

Joshua Highway, Bills’ nephew said, “We need to come together and let this guy know we are not going to stop until he is caught. It’s tough because there are two sons that will now grow up without a mom. You need your mother. I think that the vigil is a little bit of closure, hopefully, but we’re not going to stop fighting until we find out the person that has done this to both of them.”

One family member tells News 4 he has no doubt these two murders are connected but detectives on the case are not able to confirm that. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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