Family of murdered Knoxville man still searching for answers

Family of murdered Knoxville man still searching for answers

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Family and friends of a Knoxville man killed last year held a vigil in his memory Saturday night. Family and friends of a Knoxville man killed last year held a vigil in his memory Saturday night.
"We're hoping that people will come forward. Someone out there knows something," said Byford's mother Ann Marotti. "We're hoping that people will come forward. Someone out there knows something," said Byford's mother Ann Marotti.
"We need everyone's help. By standing together I think we can make a difference," said Joan Berry, HOPE for Victims founder. "We need everyone's help. By standing together I think we can make a difference," said Joan Berry, HOPE for Victims founder.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Family and friends of a Knoxville man killed last year held a vigil in his memory Saturday night.

Lee Byford was murdered in January last year, and his case is still unsolved.

His family and friends are clinging to hope that they will get answers.

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"He was murdered here in Knoxville on January 5, 2013--on his 37th birthday," said Byford's mother Ann Marotti.

Byford was shot and killed in his SUV on Bonnieview Avenue.

"We're hoping that people will come forward. Someone out there knows something," said Marotti.

With the help of a support group called HOPE for Victims they have been able to post a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction and have spent months passing out flyers and raising awareness.

"We need everyone's help. By standing together I think we can make a difference," said Joan Berry, HOPE for Victims founder.

Saturday they held a vigil near the place Byford was killed.

Many family members traveling from out of state to be there, lighting candles in his memory and praying for answers.

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"There's no words to express our feelings, and there never will be, so it really is helpful if we as a group can be together," said Berry.

They hope a break in the case will come soon, but say they will not give up until it is solved.

"We're not going to stop. We're going to see this through to the end," said Marotti.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Knoxville Police Department's crime hotline at (865) 215-7212.
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