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POLICE SAY VOICE ON TAPE IS KILLER OF UT STUDENT

Family members of slain University of Tampa student Ryan McCall want everyone to listen to what police believe is the voice of his killer, picked up in the background of a phone message recorded during a robbery.

"It's just eerie ... the last words that my son heard," Kevin McCall said at a press conference Monday out side his Holiday home.

On Aug. 19 at 3 a.m., McCall, 21, left a local bar called the Retreat and was walking home with a friend when a man with a gun stopped them on the N Boulevard bridge, demanding money.

His friend, Michael Harahan, had been leaving a voice-mail message for his brother when it happened. Tampa police on Monday released that recording, in which an unidentified man is heard in the background.

"Get over here," the voice says. "Get the f--- over here."

As Harahan ran for help, he heard a gunshot. The bullet killed McCall, a popular student-athlete and mentor. McCall was remembered Sunday at a memorial.

Almost a month after his death, police have made no arrests.

"It's real frustrating," Kevin McCall said. "We don't know who it is yet."

The suspect is described as a black man with a dark complexion in his late teens or early 20s. He had facial hair on his chin, and baggy eyes. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and has hair that was half an inch to an inch long, possibly in twists.

Police believe the voice on the recording is that of the murderer. McCall's brother, Kevin Jr., hopes someone will recognize it.

"Somebody probably already knows who this is," the brother said. "Step forward. Come forward. Have courage and do the right thing."

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at azayas@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3354.

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