“She was bubbly, warm-hearted, she loved to laugh and she loved children, and she has three of her own,” Carrie Baker, Humphries’ sister, said. “[Her death] has affected not only her family but the whole community. We have not forgotten, we still want closure.”
Baker estimated that between 75 and 90 people were there for “Chantelle Matters,” the third such annual event held to raise awareness about the case. It was held late Saturday afternoon at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center.
Choirs and interpretive dance groups from churches from all over the county, including Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Bloomfield Baptist Church, performed, and family members talked about her and read poems about her all throughout the meeting. There was also a slideshow of pictures of her.
Religious leaders told the crowd about the importance of keeping faith in the Lord. One read from Psalms 113.
Baker said “it’s hard to even explain” how the murder has affected the family. She’s also puzzled that a case like this could go unsolved for so long in such a close-knit community, as, she said, “everybody knows everybody.”
During the event, the family accepted donations and also sold meals to people, and that money will go towards a reward for any information and any leads that would lead to the case being solved and the arrest of the person or persons responsible, Baker said.
Montrell Humphries, one of Chantelle Humphries’s sons, said, “it’s been a long nine years.”
Ann Marie Humphries, Chantelle Humphries’s cousin, said that although they hoped the people there had a good time, the memories can sometimes be “a bit sad.”
One of the people there was Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam, who said the case is one of the reasons he decided to run for sheriff last year.
“About a year prior to me filing to run for sheriff, I sent a letter to the state police, asking … ‘Give me six months on this case,’” Burnam said. “I was denied that, and I made the decision that I was going to run for sheriff.”
Burnam said he has spoken with the family over the past year or so and has assured them that this case is very important to him. He also said that KSP Detective Steve Silfies, who was assigned to the case earlier this year, and Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey have both told him that “progress is being made,” although at the insistence of the KSP, he wouldn’t expand on that any further.
Humphries was found in a field behind her mother’s house on Barefield Road in the eastern part of the county, and the cause of death was determined to be from multiple gunshot wounds, said Baker.
“It hurt her so bad that she took several months off from work, because she goes out her back door … to get in her vehicle to go to work,” Baker said.
Baker stated emphatically that her sister lived a clean life and didn’t have any enemies that she knew of. Humphries lived with her husband and children on Line Street and during that time she kept to herself but was friendly to people, she also said.
Trooper Dean Patterson, public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police Post One in Mayfield, said the KSP considers it a cold case but added that they feel it can still be solved.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the KSP Post One Office in Mayfiled at 270-856-3721 or the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office at 522-6014.