Reward increases for Railroad Park shooting info

Reward increases for Railroad Park shooting info

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There is still no arrest in the Railroad Park murder of 15-year-old Jarmaine Walton, despite dozens of witnesses to the crime. Now, a Birmingham radio station is trying to entice them to come forward.

95.7 Jamz started a campaign to raise more reward money for information leading to an arrest in the case. Dwight Stone, radio personality on "The Magic City Morning Show" says last week during his show, lawyer Eric Guster called in and pledged one thousand dollars. Stone says that led to other listeners calling in and pledging more money. The reward is up to more than $10,000.

The victim's aunt, Patricia Pickett, says hundreds of people were at Railroad Park the night of the shooting. Pickett says one of the things that hurts the most is witnesses will not come forward.

"It's a code on the streets, no snitching. These kids are living by that code. No snitching on what they saw. Put yourself in my shoes. Be my sister for one day. She cannot hug her son. Not one more time," said Pickett. "Justice needs to be served. We're calling, begging community to help us."

When you add the crime stopper reward with the money 95.7-FM raised, the total is up to more than 15,000. Police are hoping the reward will motivate witnesses to tell detectives what they know.

If you know something, call Crimestoppers at 254-7777.

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