SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Nine months after a fire killed four family members, and a week after murder charges against a suspect were dropped, friends and families of the victims held a rally Wednesday night calling for justice.
It has been nine months since a fire killed four members of the Terry family at their Hulett Street home in Schenectady. The lone suspect, Robert Butler, was released by federal prosecutors last week.
State and local officials are now offering a $12,000 reward to anyone with information about the case.
This comes just five days after the man originally accused of setting that fire, Robert Butler, had all charges against him dropped.
"There's somebody out there that has a little tidbit of truth. Somebody out there that needs to come forward," said Liz Dolder, an aunt of the youngest victims.
No matter what happens on the legal side, of course, nothing can take away the sting of what happened on Hulett Street last May. Four people, including a father David Terry and three of his children were killed in the early-morning blaze.
The oldest child, Sa'Fyre Terry, was critically injured and is still hospitalized these nine months later, according to family members.
"She's showing a lot of progress. She's a very brave little girl. And she's coming along," said Mike Dolder, David Terry's brother-in-law.
Butler had been the prime suspect for arson. He spent six months in jail awaiting his case to move through the court system.
Butler's attorney says his client is innocent, but investigators are saying they just need more time to build a better case.
"I know that there's a lot of people that are doing the best that are investigating from the Schenectady precinct, so just got to keep digging, I guess," said Will Rankin, a friend of David Terry.
David Terry's friends at the rally Wednesday say he deserves the best justice the law can apply, and that they'll keep supporting and fighting for that.
"As family, neighbors and friends, we're speaking out for him, because he would want us to do that," said Shawn Panella.
With each day meaning justice is one more day prolonged, it's easy to lose hope.
But the family says they never will.
"Once everything comes out in the open eventually, and it will, the persons can be brought to justice then," said Mike Dolder.