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Crime Stoppers October 19: It's not too late to help solve a 2006 homicide

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Police need to close a 7-year-old cold case. Byron Wilson was the victim, and he still doesn't have justice. That's why police are turning to you. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper explains how you can help.

"I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

We know it's been a while since Byron Wilson lost his life. He was 33 years old when he died, and we know someone knows the real story of what happened to him and why. That's why we're turning to you for help.

It was New Year's Day in 2006. Officers were called to the 1500 block of 17th Street South on an assault call. That's when they found a Silver Ford Excursion in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Wilson was sitting in the driver's seat. He had been shot and killed.

Two witnesses said they were going to meet him, and as they drove up to the apartment complex, they found Wilson sitting in his car. Other witnesses said he was alone before the shots were fired.

That's what we've learned. Now we're asking: What have you heard?

Even if you're not sure your information is valuable after all these years, we need you to call Crime Stoppers.

Remember: We won't use your name, just your information. All you have to do is dial 205-254-7777. If your tip is the first to lead to an arrest, you can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Think back to when Wilson was killed. This is your chance to find justice and solve this case.

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.

The cash reward in this case is offered to the first person whose tip leads to an arrest. Even if you receive the cash reward, you still will not have to give your name -- only the code number.

You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime by phone at 205-254-7777 or by texting the word "CRIMES" with your tip to 7777.

To send a tip online, go to www.crimestoppersmetroal.com and click on the "submit an online tip" link.

NOTE: You will remain anonymous no matter which method you contact Crime Stoppers. Each tipster receives a private code number, which you can use to claim a cash reward should your tip lead to an arrest. 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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