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Crime Stoppers September 15: Who's responsible for Roderick Bower's murder?

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Two men walked up to a home in Ensley.  They went inside, and moments later, there was a deadly hail of gunfire.

When the dust settled, Roderick Bowers was dead.  And Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper says finding the killers depends on someone getting the courage to take a stand.

From Chief Roper:

"Crime Stoppers offers protection by leaving your name out of it if you share what you know.  Just after midnight on December 14, 2009, officers surrounded a house on Avenue H in Ensley.  A grief-stricken family was outside, horrified by the news.  Moments later, the coroner carried out the body of 34-year-old Roderick Bowers.

We've learned that two men had walked up to Mr. Bowers' house that night and knocked on the door.  Mr. Bowers let the men inside.  A few minutes later, people heard several gunshots.  Then, the two men came back out of the house.

We're told they walked down the street and went down 13th Street and Avenue G, just a couple blocks away.  Mr. Bowers was back in his home -- alone -- and drawing his final breaths.

So that's it.  Do you want to leave it at that?  Or do you want to see the killers held accountable?

My officers are pounding the pavement, and they turned up the information I just shared.  Now it's time for you to turn up some of your own.

Whatever you've seen or heard, call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.  We'll never take your name, which means Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court.  And there's a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

Don't let Roderick Bowers' family miss out on the justice they deserve.  You owe it to them to call now.

With Crime Stoppers," I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."


You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES."  Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to and click on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.  Each tipster receives a private code number.  If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama 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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