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Charlotte Murder Mystery Remains 25 Years Later

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On July 27, 1990, Kim Thomas was murdered inside her home off Wendover Road in south Charlotte. The 32-year-old Thomas was well-known as an activist with the National Organization for Women. Thomas' husband at the time, Ed Friedland, was a kidney doctor in Charlotte.


"I will continue this, and I told my dad I would. I just feel she's my sister and... the City of Charlotte, the police, whomever... needs to bring to justice the person that killed her."<br>Lynn Thomas, sister of 1990 Charlotte murder victim Kim Thomas, speaking to WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

Friedland told police he came home that night to find his wife's body on the dining room floor. She'd been repeatedly cut, and was handcuffed. The couple's 10-month old adopted son was in a crib, uninjured. In 1994, police charged Friedland with killing Thomas. Prosecutors later dropped the case, citing insufficient evidence. 

Kim Thomas' sister, Lynn Thomas, lives near Boston. She'll be in Charlotte on Saturday to hold a vigil in Freedom Park, to mark the 25th anniversary of her sister's death. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Lynn Thomas about this still-unsolved murder.

Event: Lynn Thomas will hold a vigil in Freedom Park on Saturday, July 25, at 1:00 p.m. to mark the 25th anniversary of her sister's death. 

Read more about the Thomas murder in this 2006 series from Charlotte Magazine.