Friends, family ask for public's help to catch Knoxville man's k

Friends, family ask for public's help to catch Knoxville man's killer

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Marotti is now offering a $5000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who killed her son. Marotti is now offering a $5000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who killed her son.
"We're not going to stop. We're not going to stop until we get some answers,” said Marotti. "We're not going to stop. We're not going to stop until we get some answers,” said Marotti.
Passing out flyers alongside Byford’s friends and family Saturday were members of “HOPE for Victims,” a local support group for family members of murder victims. Passing out flyers alongside Byford’s friends and family Saturday were members of “HOPE for Victims,” a local support group for family members of murder victims.
Knoxville, TN -  By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The family of a Knoxville man found murdered outside of his home more than a year and a half ago  is still not giving up hope that his killer will be caught.

37-year-old Lee Byford was shot to death inside his SUV in January 2013 on Bonnie View Avenue in East Knox County.

The Knoxville Police Department is still investigating the crime.

But now, desperate for answers, Byford’s friends and family continue to beg the public for help.

For the second time this summer, led by Byford’s mother Ann Marotti, they spent Saturday passing out flyers near the area where Byford was killed some 18 months ago.

Marotti is asking for anyone with information about what happened that night to come forward.

"Someone out there knows something. Someone knows something,” said Marotti.

She’s hopeful it will give investigators a much needed crack in the case.

"We're not going to stop. We're not going to stop until we get some answers,” said Marotti.

Marotti is now offering a $5000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who killed her son.

Passing out flyers alongside Byford’s friends and family Saturday were members of “HOPE for Victims,” a local support group for family members of murder victims.

"By keeping his name out there and not letting people forget about him, that's the important thing,” said Joan Berry, a member of HOPE.

They handed out nearly 1000 flyers Saturday.

"She has to know who did this and he has to be brought to justice,” said Tina Gregg. "That's what we want to do. We want to help everybody in our community because nobody should have to go through this alone."

They hope a tip will come in soon, but say they are willing to reach out to the public as many times as it takes, until one does.

"This man or woman or whoever is still in our community and it could be your child next. So please. We need all the help that we can get,” said Gregg.

“So that we can get justice for Lee and closure for my family,” said Marotti.

A candlelight vigil in Byford’s memory is set to be held in August.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Knoxville Police Department's Confidential hotline at 865-215-7317.

Callers can remain anonymous.

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