If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers or submit a Web Tip.  

A Hard Thanksgiving
November 28, 2022

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Thanksgiving 2021, Alonzo Rodgers was in the hospital fighting for his life. Sadly, a few days later, on November 28, 2021 he lost his fight and passed away. Since then, his family and friends have grieved his loss, celebrated his life and searched for answers. Now they had to gather for their first Thanksgiving without Alonzo.

On November 24, 2021 just before 10 p.m., Knoxville Police Department Officers were called to 2800 Nichols Avenue, where they found Rodgers suffering from a gunshot wound inside the home. He was transported to UTMC, but passed four days later. 

Alonzo or Zo as he was known by many, had a promising music career and used his music to lift people up and to give them hope. Fellow Good Guy Collective band member Nathan Tipton said, “Zo’s voice was one of the best he’d ever heard” and Colby Earles described his voice as “magic.” During a podcast interview about how he got into singing, Zo said, “It started at church, my pops is a pastor, excellent singer. And I really just got all of my stuff from him.”

Zo is survived by his parents, brother, sister, and numerous family and friends who are all looking for who shot Zo. Knoxville Police investigators are hoping that those with knowledge of this shooting will feel the time is finally right to come forward and share what they know. It does not matter how small the piece of information may be--it is information and that is what investigators are looking for. They need all of the pieces of the puzzle to be able to solve it and give Zo’s family and friends the answers they need and deserve.

If you have any information on who killed Zo you are urged to submit a tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165 or **TIPS, Online: www.EastTNValleyCrimeStoppers.org, or via the App: P3TIPS. All tipsters remain completely anonymous when contacting Crime Stoppers and if your tip leads to an arrest you will be eligible to receive a CASH reward.

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Coming Up on 5-Yrs and Still Seeking Answers
October 13, 2022

Do you know who killed Alfred Lamar Griffin, 37 or have information about the shooting? This December will mark the 5-year anniversary of his murder and Knoxville Police investigators and his family are looking for answers.

 

On December 23, 2017 at 2:30 am Knoxville Police responded to a call at 1109 McSpadden Street involving a white Chrysler 300 that had crashed into a fence. Upon arrival they found Griffin and Stephanie Means in need of medical attention; both were transported to UTMC with serious injuries. Griffin was rushed into surgery and Means sedated. Though Means recovered, Griffin passed away 6-days later, on December 29th leaving his family to grieve his passing.

 

That night, investigators located the start of the crime scene on Boyd Street at the intersection of W. Baxter Avenue and continuing onto Baxter; more than a dozen shell casings were located in the road. When the gunshots rang out Means, who was driving took off eventually crashing into a fence at the corner of Baxter and McSpadden, tried taking off again only to crash again into a fence on McSpadden where the car came to rest. This evidence matched what Means shared with investigators.

 

Means, from Atlanta, GA had just arrived in town and met Griffin at his mom’s house. Right after leaving his mom’s house on Boyd Street a car came up from behind and began firing at them while stopped at Boyd Street and Baxter Avenue.

 

The only people to come forward were those who said they heard gunshots, but did not look outside until after the car crashed. There were several rumors, but nothing concrete. If you have any information about the murder of Alfred Lamar “LG” Griffin you can remain completely anonymous when submitting a tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers and if your tip leads to an arrest you will be eligible to receive a cash reward.

 

Call: **TIPS or 865-215-7165

Online: www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org

App: P3 TIPS
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1-Year Later and Still Seeking Answers
August 08, 2022

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JohnKelian Mathis was only 17 when he lost his life on August 8, 2021 after attending the annual Lonsdale Homecoming. JohnKelian, better known as “John-John” excelled in sports and was preparing to start his senior year at Austin-East High with a 3.25 GPA. As an A-E student he had been recognized as a Project Grad Scholar, named Mr. Freshman and Mr. Sophomore, was a West African Drummer and a member of the A-E football team. His family and friends will tell you he always had a smile on his face and an infectious laugh. His parents, brothers and sisters continue to mourn his death and need the community to come forward with information on who killed John-John. 

Several hundred people attended the Lonsdale Homecoming that night, were present when shots were fired and John-John was murdered. Tips came into East TN Valley Crime Stoppers, but more are needed. As we approach the 1-yr anniversary of John-John’s death Knoxville Police continue to ask that anyone with information regarding this shooting contact East TN Valley Crime Stoppers. If you have pictures, videos or audio files they can be uploaded to your tip through our website or app. Submit a Tip – Online: www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, Phone: **TIPS or 865-215-7165 or App: P3 TIPS. You will remain 100% anonymous when you contact Crime Stoppers and if your tip leads to an arrest you will be eligible for a CASH reward.
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Who Are These Men?
July 28, 2022

STATUS: OPEN
One year ago today, on July 28, 2021 at around 5 pm Martaysha Flack, 20 was found in a vehicle in the parking lot of Holston Oaks Apartments, suffering from at least one fatal gunshot wound. Also found was a male victim suffering from at least one, non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
 
Knoxville Police are looking for the men getting out of the car in the attached picture. They were captured by cameras at the time of the shooting. If you recognize them or you have any information about this shooting you are asked to contact East TN Valley Crime Stoppers at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, call **TIPS or use the app P3 TIPS.
 
Martaysha, better known as Tay by her family and friends died 11-short days after her cousin Chaka Sligh, 36 was shot on East Fifth Avenue and 4-months after losing their cousin, Jamarion “Dada” Gillette, 15 to a shooting. She was described by her family as being full of life, joy and laughter. She was attending the Paul Mitchell School of Beauty and left behind a daughter, parents and siblings. Her family and friends are looking for answers.
 
If your tip leads to an arrest you will be eligible for a CASH reward.
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Should be 50 This Year
July 01, 2022

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Donald Busby and his family should be preparing to celebrate his 50th birthday this year, instead his family is facing the first anniversary of his murder.

On July 1, 2021 at about 1:15 pm Knoxville Police Officers found Busby at 4010 Catalpa Avenue in his crashed car suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to UTMC and pronounced deceased while at the hospital.

Busby was from Deerfield, Michigan and had served in the Army from 1992 to 2000. He left behind his wife, 4 children, his mother and siblings. His family and friends knew him as a kind man who made friends easily. His family and friends want answers, they want justice for their husband, father, son and brother.

If you have any information about what happened in the hours and moments leading up to the murder of Donald Busby or anything surrounding the shooting submit a tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers. You will remain 100% anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest you will be eligible for a CASH reward.  Call: **TIPS or 865-215-7165, Online: www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, or use the P3 TIPS app.

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Knoxville Police Still Looking for Missing Piece to the Murder of Carlos Sweeney
June 23, 2022

STATUS: OPEN

On June 23, 2021 between 4:20 am and 4:50 am Carlos Sweeney, 24, was shot while in his Huntington Place apartment in Knoxville. Knoxville Police were responding to a 9-1-1 hang-up when they received a second call reporting a gunshot victim at 603 Longview Rd. Upon arrival they found an open door leading to the apartment of Sweeney who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Investigators believe the shooters were caught on camera fleeing the area and put out a call at the time of the shooting for anyone with video along Sutherland Ave, Forest Park Blvd, Forest Hills Blvd or Longview Rd between those hours on June 23, 2021 to share their footage. If you have any information about this murder you will remain 100% anonymous when you submit a tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers – www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, Text: **TIPS, App: P3 TIPS, Call: 865-215-7165. Your tip may = a CASH reward.

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12-Years Ago and Needing Answers
March 28, 2022

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Twelve-years ago today, the Knoxville Police responded to a call of shots fired in Lonsdale Homes. Jamie Fenner, 23 had been shot multiple times at about 12:40 am on March 28, 2010 while waiting to meet friends in Lot D near the intersection of Pascal Drive and Goins Street.

 

Fenner had suffered at least one gunshot wound to his head and was taken to UTMC where he later died.

 

Knoxville Police interviewed several people since Fenner’s murder but are still waiting for the right person to come forward with the information they need to close this case. His family is asking anyone with information to come forward and give them the closure they desperately need.

 

If you have any information concerning the murder of Jamie Fenner you can REMAIN ANONYMOUS when you submit a tip through East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165, Text **TIPS, via the App P3 TIPS, or online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org. Your tip, no matter how big or small may be just what the investigators are looking for and if your tip leads to an arrest you can be eligible for a CASH reward.

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Kids Playing Around Mead's Quarry on September 13, 1969 Discover Burned-out Car
February 27, 2022

STATUS: OPEN

After receiving a call around 2:30 pm on September 13, 1969 about a burned-out car Knoxville Police arrived on scene to begin their investigation. Though much information was developed the case remains unsolved. It is the hope of Mr. Hubert Lee Johnson’s daughter that with the help of East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers the murder of her father and Mr. Murel Mitchell Marie can finally be solved.

Johnson, 45 of Strawberry Plains left Bob’s Auto Service on Chapman Hwy on Friday, September 12th where he worked as a mechanic along with his two sons. While at work he got into an argument with his sons and left work without them. They called their mother, Mary Johnson, to pick them up. While Mrs. Johnson was on her way to pick up their sons she saw her husband drive by in their yellow 1966 Pontiac, heading south on Chapman Hwy at around 5:30 pm, that was the last time she saw her husband.

Later that evening it was reported that Johnson and Marie, 61 were drinking in Bunch’s Tavern on Gay Street and left there around 11:30 pm heading to North Gay Café for a bite. There is no report of them being seen again until the next afternoon when they were discovered at the quarry.

At one time Marie had been a resident and manager at the Dunbar Hotel on Gay Street and most recently had been in the Mountain Home Veteran’s Hospital in Johnson City. He was released from the hospital on September 10, 1969 returning to Knoxville.

Investigators found a Fairfax watch was found on the car’s floorboard.

When the investigation began the identity of Johnson and Marie were unknown. Johnson’s identity was the first to be confirmed through the car’s registration and dental information provided by Mrs. Johnson and Johnson’s dentist. The second person was later identified as Marie after investigators began the work on identifying the owner of the watch; Mrs. Johnson said her husband did not wear a watch so they knew it did not belong to him. Investigators located a local jeweler from Gay Jewelry who identified the watch and the repair marks as a watch he had worked on as recently as September 12th and that it belonged to Marie. The ownership of the watch was confirmed by Marie’s brother, Ott Marie of Dandridge who recognized it as one his brother wore.   

Though the medical examiner was unable to conduct an autopsy due to the condition of the bodies he was able to find that Marie had what appeared to be an old gun shot wound to his abdomen, later confirmed to have occurred in 1966 and he found a copper-plated bullet in the base of Marie’s skull. The M.E. ruled Marie’s cause of death as a gunshot wound. He was unable to make the same ruling in Johnson’s death as he could not perform an autopsy.

There remains a lot of unanswered questions, to include, who killed Hubert Johnson and Murel Marie and why? Who did the light green dress shirt belong to?

Though more than 50 years have passed the family would still like answers and are hopeful that with time those who may still be around and who have answers will come forward to provide the family with some peace. If you have any information regarding this crime or any crime you can REMAIN ANONYMOUS and submit a tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers. There are 3 ways to submit a tip and each way provides the tipster with 100% anonymity. Call 865-215-7165, go online to www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, use our free mobile app, P3 TIPS, or text **TIPS. Your tip may = a CASH reward.

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Reward Increased in Janaria Muhammad’s Murder
February 16, 2022

STATUS: OPEN

One year ago, on February 16, 2021, Janaria Muhammad, 15 was shot outside of her home on Selma Ave. One year later, despite continued efforts by the Knoxville Police Deptartment, an arrest has yet to come in the murder of Janaria, who would have turned 16 this past November.  

 At around 7:35 pm on that fateful night, KPD responded to 2561 Selma Ave, where Janaria was found behind her house with a gunshot wound. KPD Officer Gordon Johnson was the first to arrive and attempted CPR until EMS arrived and transported her to the UT Medical Center, where she died a short time later.  

 It is believed that the occupants of a blacked-out car shot Janaria before fleeing the scene.  

 Investigators are still pursuing active leads in Janaria’s murder and continue to seek any information from the public that could assist in that investigation. If you know something regarding Janaria Muhammad’s murder contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers via phone at 865-215-7165, online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, using the P3 TIPS app, or text **TIPS. The reward for information in Janaria’s murder was recently increased to up to $3,000. Remain Anonymous and Submit a Tip today.

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1-Year Anniversary and Still No Answers
February 14, 2022

STATUS: OPEN

Today, February 14, 2022 marks the 1-year anniversary of the murder of Brian Hicks. On February 14, 2021 the Knoxville Police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a burglary in progress on Daylily Drive in Montgomery Village. After entering the apartment officers found Brian Hicks with a gunshot wound.

Brian left behind two grieving parents and children. Sadly, his mom passed away a few short months later, never knowing who killed her son. One year later and the family is still searching for answers.

If you have any information surrounding the murder of Brian Hicks you are asked to Submit a Tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stopper. There are 3 easy ways to submit a tip – call 865-215-7165, online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, or via the free mobile app – P3 TIPS. You can remain 100% anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
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