Murder victim's family distributes reward flyers for information

Murder victim's family distributes reward flyers for information leading to arrest

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"It's the first thing I think about every morning, and it's the last thing I think about every night," said Marotti. "It's the first thing I think about every morning, and it's the last thing I think about every night," said Marotti.
The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of those responsible. The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of those responsible.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County man's family is offering a reward for information that could lead to justice for a murder that happened last year.

37-year-old Lee Byford was shot and killed in January of 2013 on Bonnie View Avenue in East Knox County.

Now his family and friends who have suffered a similar loss are looking for answers.

"We know that there's someone out there who knows who did this and we just want them to come forward," said Ann Marotti, Byford's mother.

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Byford was found shot to death in his SUV.

"It's the first thing I think about every morning, and it's the last thing I think about every night," said Marotti.

Nearly 16 months later she is looking for any shred of information that helps solve the case.

Living across the state in Memphis Marotti says she felt helpless, but she found support with Joan Berry and Tina Gregg.

Both of their daughters were also killed, and both want to lend a helping hand.

"I think I spoke to Joan on Tuesday night, and yesterday she got back in touch with me. She had 500 flyers already printed and waiting for us when we got here," said Marotti.

Now those flyers are in the hands of hundreds of people, hopefully bringing something forward that will help crack the case.

"Even if it's something small you think may not be anything you never know what could be something to the police department to help out," said Byford's friend Dean Huff.

The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of those responsible.

"We want justice for my son and closure for myself and my family and all of Lee's friends," said Marotti.

If you have any information, you are urged to call the Knoxville Police confidential hotline at (865) 215-7317.

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