Murder of teen at CSUB still unsolved

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The only homicide to occur at California State University, Bakersfield happened nearly five years ago, and it remains unsolved.

Bianca Jackson, 18, of Bakersfield, was shot after fights broke out at a party on campus. She was an innocent victim who was fleeing the scene when someone fired a weapon and a bullet struck her.

"You should never bury a child and not an 18-year-old child," said Susan Fernandez, aunt to Bianca Jackson.

Though Fernandez lives nearby the school, she avoids driving by the campus, because it brings back too many painful memories.

Nearly five years after the shooting, the case remains cold. Two suspects were initially arrested in connection with the shooting but were released because of lack of evidence. Bakersfield Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said the case remains open.

"I think my greatest worry is that it's going to go unsolved," said Fernandez.

Bianca Jackson's death and the fact it remains unsolved has been especially difficult for her mother, Veronica Jackson. Fernandez said her sister has spent birthdays at the cemetery at her daughter's grave.

"I think my sister's just numb. I don't think she has been able to deal with it yet," said Fernandez.

Jackson had just graduated from Ridgeview High School in 2010 and had ambitious plans. She was artistically gifted, designed her clothes and had plans to enroll at FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles, and she loved to sing.

"She just had the world in the palm of her hand and she didn't get a chance to really live that out," said her aunt.

The family is pleading for help in solving the case. Anyone with the least bit of information is urged to call the Secret Witness hotline where callers can provide information anonymously.

That number to call is (661) 322-4040.
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