The Justice Department's decisions to reopen the investigation into the race-motivated murder of Emmett Till in 1955 is bittersweet for his family because it comes just over a year after the death of his mother at the age of 81.
Abriel Thomas, cousin of Emmett Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, said she wishes Mobley could have been alive today.
Mobley and her son were living in Chicago when Till, 14, went to visit relatives in Money, Miss., in Tallahatchie County.
Till purportedly whistled at a white girl in a store there, and he was abducted from his uncle's home on Aug. 28, 1955. His mutilated body was found three days later in a river.
Two white men charged with murder were acquitted by an all-white jury, and both men have since died.
A recent PBS documentary indicated that more people may have been involved in Till's kidnapping, murder or both.
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