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.
REMAIN ANONYMOUS & Make a DifferenceSTATUS
November 24, 2021
We are coming up on the 4-month anniversary of the murder of JohnKelian “John-John” Mathis’ death at the annual Lonsdale Homecoming and Knoxville Police Investigators are still seeking information surrounding his murder.
On August 7, 2021 100’s upon 100’s of people gathered for the annual Lonsdale Homecoming celebration when shortly after midnight on August 8th shots were fired and a fight broke out leaving one person dead, two suffering non-life-threatening injuries and another severely beaten. The question remains who shot John-John?
Now that time has passed East TN Valley Crime Stoppers is asking anyone with information, cell phone video, pictures, any small bit of information to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and contact Crime Stoppers.
John-John, 17 was a senior at Austin-East HS where he excelled in sports and was starting his senior year with a 3.25 GPA. John-John was known for his infectious smile and laugh and being a young entrepreneur in creating his own t-shirt company, YBC. John-John left behind his parents and many brothers and sisters as well as many other family members and friends who are all left to grieve his passing.
Help his family, if you have any information, no matter how small you think it might be, REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East TN Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
"People Know Who Did It"STATUS
November 21, 2021
“People know who did it” were words spoken by Alfred Conley about the 2010 murder of family friend DaChanna Dotson, 17. Little did he know the same words could be spoken about his murder 2 years later.
On March 5, 2012 Alfred “Al” Conley, 45 passed away after being shot multiple times at 402 McConnell Street, Lot P in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Al was survived in death by his mothers, 5 children and 2 step-children as well as a host of family and friends who had to come to grips with their loss. They all deserve to know who killed Al and know that someone holds the key to Al’s murder. The hope is enough time has passed that whatever stopped them from coming forward in 2012 will not stop them from contact East Tennessee Crime Stoppers now.
If you have any information on the murder of Alfred “Al” Conley REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app. Your tip, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant may be just what Knoxville Police Investigators need to bring the Conley family closure. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
2021 Sees 3 Cousins Murdered by Gun ViolenceSTATUS
November 17, 2021
On July 28, 2021 at around 5 pm Martaysha Flack, 20 was found in the parking lot of Holston Oaks Apartments in a vehicle suffering from at least one fatal gunshot wound. Also found was a male victim suffering from at least one, non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
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 on Cherokee Trail.
Tay’s cousin David Gillette says Tay was, “full of life, joy, laughter; beautiful person to be around. Pretty much the life of the party.”
She was attending the Paul Mitchell School of Beauty and is survived by her parents, siblings and daughter A’Moura.
All three of these murders remain unsolved and the Knoxville Police along with their families are asking anyone with information on any of these murders to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app
A Young Son Loses His DaddySTATUS
November 14, 2021
On New Year’s Day in 2017 Brandon Moles, 22 was killed in what Knoxville Police believe was a dispute over illegal drugs.
Knoxville Police responded to a call at the Western Heights apartments at around 10 pm regarding gunshots. Upon arrival Officers located Brandon Moles in the 1700 block of Jourolman Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to UTMC where he was pronounced deceased.
KPD Investigators have followed several leads since 2017 and conducted a re-canvassing of the neighborhood in hopes of developing more clues, more leads, but they are still seeking the clue that will bring closure to Moles’ family.
When Brandon passed he left behind many friends and family including his parents, several siblings and a young son, Jordan who misses his daddy. They all want to know who killed Brandon.
If you have any information regarding this case REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
Family Mourns AgainSTATUS
November 10, 2021
Chaka Sligh, 36 was shot while heading down the 2700 block of East Fifth Avenue in East Knoxville at about 3:10 am on July 17, 2021. Chaka was riding in a car with a friend when a passing vehicle opened fire striking Chaka. Chaka’s friend sped off down Central Street where Knoxville Police Officers were flagged down. Officers called for an ambulance who transported her to UTMC where she was later pronounced dead.
Chaka’s aunt, Regina King, along with the rest of her family are once again mourning the loss of a family member. King said she has lost two nephews and now her niece from shootings. Chaka’s cousin, Jamarion “Dada” Gillette, 15 was killed in a shooting on March 9, 2021 on Cherokee Trail Way.
Chaka is survived by three children, two daughters and a son.
If you have any information on this shooting or any of the others that have taken place in Knoxville REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East TN Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
Who Killed "Sweet Guy" Ernie RenoSTATUS
November 07, 2021
Knoxville Police responded to a report of gun fire around 8 pm on November 11, 2011 after receiving a call from a resident living along Selma Avenue. After looking around the area not discovering anything suspicious or hearing any gun fire they returned to patrolling Knoxville.
Then just after midnight on November 12th another call was received. This time it is was from a resident on Selma who discovered her neighbor Robert “Ernie” Reno lying in her yard face down after having been shot. Ernie was just eight-days shy of his 41st birthday. Almost 10-years later and Knoxville Police Investigators are asking again, for anyone with any information to come forward.
Ernie grew up in Strawberry Plains and did masonry work for a living before retiring due to disabilities sustained five years earlier. He lived across from his Aunt in Knoxville and would stop over frequently for a visit and is described by all who knew him to be a “sweet guy,” “a good friend,” “wouldn’t hurt a fly.” They are all left to wonder who did this to him and why.
Ernie had been seen by friends earlier in the evening of Nov. 11th at a market on Holston Drive and rode his bicycle from there to a friend’s house before going home. His bicycle was found at his home, but for some unknown reason he left his home, dropped off his purchases from the market and left on foot. It appears he walked up Ault Street to Selma, then walked back down Selma before being shot.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about where Ernie may have gone that night after returning home, who he may have seen, or what happened to him to contact East TN Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app. To learn more about Ernie's case watch KPD's re-enactment video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EkYKg5jggg&t=3s
Property Check Turns into Murder InvestigationSTATUS
November 03, 2021
On July 23, 2021 at around 4:40 am UT Police Officers were on Riverside Drive conducting a property check when they saw a man, later identified as Matthew Scott Jr, 34, lying near the road. When they stopped to check on him they discovered he was unresponsive and suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Knoxville Police Investigators were dispatched to the scene and the Medical Examiner’s Office responded to begin their initial investigation.
Scott was born in Kingstree, SC and was better known as Mack Jr. to his family and friends who remember him as someone who loved to make people laugh and enjoyed traveling all over the world. He left behind three children, parents and siblings as well as numerous other family members who miss him greatly.
If you have any information regarding this murder including information on how Scott spent the hours and days leading up to his untimely death REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East TN Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
Chattanooga Man Murdered in KnoxvilleSTATUS
October 24, 2021
On Saturday, September 12, 2020 at approximately 11:15 pm upcoming rapper LiZarrius Dewayne “Dee” Rice, 24 was shot multiple times while in the 100 block of S. Hall of Fame Drive. He died shortly after being transported to the UT Medical. A person with LiZarrius was also shot, but survived.
LiZarrius was from Chattanooga, Tennessee and graduated from Brainerd High School in 2015. He is survived by his fiancée, Deaisha Watkins and their son Desyion Watkins as well as his mother and father and several siblings. LiZarrius was known to always have a smile on his face and loved to talk to his family.
If you have any information regarding this shooting REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers by clicking the Submit a Tip link at the top of our website, via the free mobile app P3 TIPS, or clicking the Submit a Tip link on our Facebook page. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
One Month Shy of 49th BirthdaySTATUS
October 13, 2021
One-month shy of his 49th birthday, Donald Busby died after being shot. On July 01, 2021 at about 1:15 pm Knoxville Police officers found Busby in his car suffering from a gunshot wound after crashing into a telephone pole at 4010 Catalpa Avenue. He was transported to UTMC and pronounced deceased while at the hospital.
Busby, from Deerfield, Michigan, served in the Army from 1992 to 2000 and is survived by his wife, 4 children, mother and siblings. He was known as a kind man who made friends into family and it is his friends and family who want answers, they want justice to be served.
If you have any information about what happened in the hours and moments leading up to Donald Busby’s murder or anything surrounding the shooting you are urged to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the P3 TIPS app. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a CASH reward.
"Who Killed My Baby"STATUS
October 03, 2021
On Saturday, April 4, 2020 Knoxville Police Officers responded to a crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue where they found Markedra Houston, 32 suffering from a gunshot wound to her leg. Houston was transported to UTMC where she was pronounced deceased from a bullet that struck an artery. Witnesses stated that they saw her vehicle coming from the south on Chestnut before crashing and that gunshots were heard from the area her vehicle was traveling from just before the 10:14 pm crash. KPD Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a confrontation that took place at a nearby residence.
Her aunt, Angela Elder, says the family just, “needs some type of closure and are definitely seeking justice for Markedra Elder.” Her family wants the world to know Houston was an awesome mother of 4 and that her kids want justice and her mother wants to know “who killed her baby.”
Houston, better known as Kee was a 2006 graduate from Austin East High School and worked at BJ’s Deli and Omar’s Market in East Knoxville. She was well known for her cooking and her love of family. If you have any information on her murder you can REMAIN ANONYMOUS and Submit a Tip to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or through the P3 TIPS app. Your tip may = a CASH reward.
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