Family continues search for son's killer

A family is continuing its search for the person who killed their loved one.

KPD found the body of Knoxville resident Leslie Guy Byford, 37, in early 2013.

Officers were responding to a "shots fired" call along Bonnie View Avenue in East Knoxville. When they got to the scene, they discovered Byford had been gunned down. His body was in a gold SUV that had slid down a nearby embankment.

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Byford's mother, Ann Marotti, traveled to Knoxville from Arkansas earlier this week to talk with police. It's a nightmare Marotti says is hard to escape.

"It's the first thing I think about every morning and it's the last thing I think about every night," she said.

On Friday, family and friends joined together with the support group "Hope for Victims" to hand out flyers asking for tips.

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The posters painted the parking lots of several East Knoxville stores.

"We know there's someone out there who knows who did this," Marotti said.

Developments on this case have been few and far between ever since it happened last year.

KPD knows the person who shot Byford was wearing a mask. It also knows that person ran down a sidestreet, toward the Hardees on Magnolia, after the incident. But, other than that, no one has been taken into custody.

If you have any information on what happened to Byford, you can call KPD at 865-215-7317.

The family is also offering a cash reward of $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


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