A higher-than-usual reward is now being offered in a 2011 murder case, and Birmingham detectives hope your tips will catch the killer. Corey Dewayne Dawson was shot and killed May 23, 2011, along Goldwire Street, and detectives will listen to whatever you've heard about who killed him.
From Police Chief A.C. Roper:
"What appeared to be a car accident turned out to be a homicide and a robbery. It started near the corner of Goldwire Street and 1st Street Southwest. On the night of May 23, 2011, officers were called to a Mercury Sable that had crashed into a tree.
When they saw Corey Dawson in the car, they saw that he had been shot in the abdomen. Paramedics rushed him to UAB Hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
According to several witnesses, Mr. Dawson and a friend were sitting in the car talking to another man who was standing outside the driver's door. The witnesses said the man outside the car pulled a gun and shot Mr. Dawson. The victim's friend, who was sitting in the car, tried to run away, but he was chased down and robbed by the killer.
The killer was described as slender -- with dreads or plats just below his ears. He was wearing a red and white plaid button-up shirt with a large red stripe along the bottom and dark, baggy pants.
Corey Dawson can't speak for himself. It's up to you to help us get justice for him.
You can call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777. We will not take your name. Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court. And we'll give you a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.
With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."
**In addition to telephone tips, you can text a tip by texting the code 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES. Or, you can submit an encrypted tip by going to www.birminghamcrimestoppers.org and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link.
No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers will give you a private code number, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you can use the code number to claim a cash reward. Even then, you will not have to give your name -- only the code number.
Crime Stoppers cannot call its tipsters to testify in court, which helps keep you anonymous.
Crime Stoppers is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.
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