Neighbors Call For Action On Huntsville “Payback” Cold Case

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-It is one of Huntsville's most mysterious cold cases, and restless neighbors left haunted by the crime's brutality say not enough is being done to solve it.

41 year-old Eden Lua was found lying in a pool of her own blood inside her house on Boardman Avenue in November 2010. Lua had been savagely beaten and stabbed, and ended up dying from her injuries three days later.

Police said they were never able to find any witnesses, but one cryptic clue was left behind. The word "payback" was spraypainted on a wall inside the house, not far from where Lua had been attacked. The chilling message still brings fear to neighbors today, who called on police to double down on their investigation.

"This guy is still out here walking around, he hasn't been caught yet and could be hanging out right behind my house for all I know" said William Comley, who lives next door to where the infamous crime occurred. "Everyone talks about it around here all the time. I wish someone would get him and put him where he needs to be...I've never seen an investigator or detective out here asking any questions to anybody around here."

"I'd like to get them to do something, anything," said Doris Kline, another neighbor. "I haven't seen any action."

Neighbors said Lua had just relocated to Huntsville two days before her attack, and was attempting to reconcile with her estranged husband who lived in another part of Huntsville.

No suspects in the case have ever been identified by police, and no motive ever developed. WHNT News 19 asked the Huntsville Police Department for an update on the case Thursday. HPD officials told us  that they would look into it and get back to us when they could. WHNT News 19 will continue to track down details on the case and keep you posted on all developments.

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