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Who killed UT student a year ago? Reward renews interest

TAMPA — Nearly a year since the fatal shooting of a University of Tampa student, police are hoping a $50,000 reward will generate tips leading to his killer.

A group of officers returned to the shooting scene near the base of the N Boulevard bridge Tuesday, handing out reward fliers and putting up posters in local businesses.

Police still have little information and no suspect.

A local law firm recently posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed 21-year-old Ryan McCall on Aug. 19 as he walked home from a bar with a friend. The total reward is $51,000, with Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay chipping in $1,000.

"It really brings more attention to this case," said Tampa police Lt. Brian Dugan, a 20-year veteran. "A little bit of information could lead to our suspect. You never know which neighborhood is going to give up information."

Dugan said the officers would focus on several neighborhoods close to where the shooting took place. Another group of officers will go out Tuesday night.

Local businesses were happy to help put up the posters, which includes a case and shooter description, contact information and a photo of McCall.

"We're just helping out the community," said Thang Nguyen, who works at the West Fortune Street Fish Market. "It's the right thing to do."

Police say they are looking for a black man in his mid 20s to early 30s, 5 feet 10 and husky, with light facial hair.

Local law firm Winters and Yonker is putting up the money. Tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay toll-free at 1-800-873-8477 and remain anonymous.

If the reward is not claimed within a year, the law firm could extend the claim time or may convert the donation to a scholarship in McCall's honor.

Who killed UT student a year ago? Reward renews interest 07/27/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 10:36pm]
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