November 5, 2021
It was 7:55 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021 when Memphis Police officers were dispatched to the Reserve at Mt. Moriah apartment complex in the 5800 block of Dutton Place near Mt. Moriah Road in southeast Memphis to check out a report of an unresponsive female.
Officers found Nicola Gray. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators need witnesses or others with pertinent information on this murder to step forward. Contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
October 29, 2021
Reports of a man down brought Memphis Police officers from the Raines Road Station to the 400 block of Howard Drive near Fairley High School at 11:21 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021. At the scene the officers found Erik Smith in the street next to a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis with a Mississippi license plate.
Smith was unresponsive and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers learned that a dark-colored SUV had been seen leaving the area right after the shots. Anyone with information that can help solve this homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
October 22, 2021
On Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at 4 pm Memphis Police Officers assigned to the Appling Farms station responded to an accident call in the westbound lanes of I-40, west of Sycamore View Rd. Officers arrived to find a 2005 blue Ford Mustang with the driver’s side against the dividing wall separating eastbound and westbound traffic.
The driver, Ladarius Spates, was unresponsive and bleeding from the head. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead on the scene. Spates had been shot.
An initial investigation revealed that as the victim was traveling westbound on I-40 his vehicle veered hard across all three lanes and hit the dividing wall, where it came to rest.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone who witnessed this shooting and crash or otherwise has information about this crime should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
October 15, 2021
Reports of shots fired brought Memphis Police officers assigned to the Austin Peay station to the 2600 block of Whitney Avenue near Range Line Road in the Frayser area about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. They immediately found a shooting victim lying in a yard.
Keoisha Thomas was unresponsive. She had been hit by multiple bullets and was transported to Regional One Hospital where she later died.
Officers learned the victim was heard talking to someone before shots were fired. Anyone with any information on this ongoing homicide investigation is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
October 8, 2021
The report of a shooting brought Memphis Police officers from the Mt. Moriah Station to the 4800 block of Summerland Avenue, just south of American Way at 5:30 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2021.
The officers arrived and found two people who had been shot several times. Patrick Garnier and Akara Williams were pronounced dead on the scene in another apparent home invasion.
The initial investigation revealed that two male suspects forced their way in the home intending to rob the victims. After shots were fired the suspects fled the scene in a small dark-colored SUV or crossover vehicle.
Police need help solving this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
September 24, 2021
Airways Station Memphis Police officers were dispatched to Discount Muffler and Brakes shop, 2597 Lamar Avenue, at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 to investigate a shooting report. At the scene the officers found a man lying on the lobby floor and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim, Derrick Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene by Memphis Fire Department personnel. Police officers determined that Johnson was inside the lobby of the business when a male dressed in red from head to foot entered and began shooting at him. The suspect then fled southbound from the business on Callis Street.
Anyone with information that could help in this ongoing murder investigation should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274). A $2,000 award is awaiting information that helps bring about an arrest.
September 17, 2021
Memphis Police officers were called to the Raines Mart at 5915 E. Raines Road at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 to check on a shooting report. They found Cedric Bird lying on the ground. He had been shot several times. Arriving paramedics from the Memphis Fire Department pronounced the victim dead.
Officers learned that Bird had driven to the business and went inside. When he returned to his vehicle he was met by a male. Moments later the victim was shot multiple times as he attempted to get into his car. Bird fell to the pavement and the suspect ran behind the business.
The suspect was described as six feet tall, about 150 pounds, wearing dark clothing with a face covering and a white hat. Anyone with information that may help this murder investigation is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
September 10, 2021
The call about a shooting was answered at 11:30 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2021 by a dispatcher at the Memphis Police Department’s Airways station. When officers arrived in the 500 block of E. Franks Avenue in south Memphis they found José Samuel Yanes-Guerra on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound.
The 18-year-old was transported to Regional One Hospital. He died a day later. Officers learned that the teenager had been working on the roof of his family’s home that morning. He had gone to his own vehicle when a suspect wearing a ski mask approached and shot him.
Investigators need help with this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
September 3, 2021
It was a few minutes before midnight on Sunday, August 15, 2021 when Memphis Police officers were dispatched from the Tillman Street Station to a shooting report in the 1000 block of Homer Street in the Berclair neighborhood.
On arrival the officers found Terrance Irby on the ground. He was unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics also arrived and pronounced Irby dead.
An initial investigation determined the shooting victim had gone outside his home. Witnesses heard an exchange of words then several gunshots. This murder investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).
August 20, 2021
Memphis Police officers stationed at Mt. Moriah responded to a shooting report at 4:28 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2021. They arrived in the 1200 block of Robin Hood Lane in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood west of the University of Memphis to find a shooting victim.
Avit Taylor was lying across the front seat of a gray Nissan 300Z. He was unresponsive and pronounced dead when Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics soon arrived. Officers learned that Taylor had pulled to the curb and emerged from his vehicle when a black sedan pulled up. An unknown suspect began firing shots as Taylor got back into his vehicle. The sedan left going southbound on Robin Hood.
Anyone with information on this homicide is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274)