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Still no arrest in slaying of University of Tampa student last August

TAMPA — This should've been a happy day for the McCall family, the day their track star son would turn 22.

Instead, it marks a much more painful memory — six months to the day when University of Tampa student Ryan McCall was shot dead in a robbery.

The still-unidentified robber shot McCall after he handed over all the money he had on him — $4. McCall lay dying at the base of the N Boulevard Bridge as McCall's out-of-town friend ran away calling police.

The two were walking home from the Retreat Lounge near UT at about 3 a.m. Aug. 19 when they were confronted by a man described as being black, in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds with a husky build, goatee and white T-shirt.

Police said they have nothing new to report on their investigation — just the killer's limited description and a scratchy 911 call with the man's voice screaming expletives in the background.

"They have a tough job to do," McCall's dad, Kevin McCall, said of police. "My feeling is, they must be on to something because, you know, it's six months in."

Still, if they have any suspects or strong leads, police haven't shared them with McCall. That doesn't bother him, though, as long as the investigation is still active.

He said detectives touch base with him about once a week.

Today, McCall, his wife, Joanne, and his 25-year-old son, also named Kevin, might take a drive or walk around the shops at Prime Outlets at Ellenton.

McCall said his 28-year-old daughter, Kimberly, who still lives in the family's hometown of Downingtown, Pa., will attend a mass planned in her brother's honor at a Downingtown church.

Michael Harahan, McCall's friend who was with him the night of the murder, said he plans to spend the day with his own family.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at (813) 276-3200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Still no arrest in slaying of University of Tampa student last August 02/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:32pm]
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