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TV crew taping this week for feature on Wheeler-Bowman

[MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

City Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman


ST. PETERSBURG — Lisa Wheeler-Bowman scoured some of the toughest spots in St. Petersburg to find her son's killer.

It eventually paid off when the killer was brought to justice. Now, recently departed Today show host Tamron Hall will tell America about Wheeler-Bowman's quest to solve her son Cabretti's 2008 murder.

Wheeler-Bowman, 48, who was elected to the City Council in 2015, flew to Manhattan recently with her son, Chris, for the interviews for Hall's show Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall on Investigation Discovery.

Further taping takes place in St. Petersburg. The episode is scheduled to air in August.

Hall has been in contact with Wheeler-Bowman since then-U.S Attorney General Eric Holder honored Wheeler-Bowman with the Department of Justice's Courage Award in 2013 for her search for her son's killer and her advocacy to end a "no snitching" culture.

When the interview with Hall finally took place, Wheeler-Bowman said, it was painful to relive the memories of losing her oldest son.

"She was crying. I was crying," Wheeler-Bowman said. "It was very painful to have to revisit that."

Wheeler-Bowman has been active on gun violence issues on the City Council. Last week, she sponsored initiatives opposing efforts to loosen state restrictions on where concealed weapons can be carried.

After her personal history, it's nice to have a public platform to fight for what she believes, she said.

"I'm able to speak out," Wheeler-Bowman said.

TV crew taping this week for feature on Wheeler-Bowman 03/09/17 [Last modified: Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:38pm]
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