Vigil Held for Murdered Waitress in 1996 Cold Case

Four Corners Pizza is the last place where 21-year-old Priscilla Lewis was seen alive 23 years ago. She was a waitress at the pizza restaurant.

On Sept. 21, 1996 she went outside on her break to share a cigarette with a coworker. Later that same night her body was found by a different coworker beaten and strangled in a basement bathroom. Police have not yet found her killer.

"Sat here and smoked a cigarette with her," said Crockett resident Raymond Dold, who was working with Lewis on the night she was killed. "She said, 'I'm going to go back in.' I went back home and 15 to 20 minutes later I heard sirens go by."

On Saturday, about 30 of Lewis’ family and friends, many of whom had not seen one another in the years since her death, gathered to honor her and hopefully to jog people’s memories so that maybe new clues could help close the case.

"She was found in the men's bathroom, with her head in the toilet," said Lewis' cousin Troy Kinslow, who organized the vigil. "She was brutally murdered, she was beaten."

Lewis' friends and family remember her as friendly and outgoing. They hope that someone can provide investigators with new information that will help her loved ones find some kind of resolution.

Anyone with information about the cold case is asked to call the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

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