Billboard campaign hopes to stir conscience to help solve homicides
Caroline MacGregor August 19, 2013 | WGVU “somebody knows something”
Observer’s Chris Cameron, speaking during a press conference Monday morning at
the Grand Rapids Police Department.
by a five thousand dollar grant from WZZM TV, Silent Observer has launched a billboard
campaign to solicit help from the public to solve unanswered homicide cases.
Alan Foster, Khiry Jalon Walker, Terence Stokes, and Brian Martinez will be the first victims to be featured on billboards in specific locations throughout
Grand Rapids until mid-September.
by detectives from the department’s major case team, Grand Rapids Police Chief,
Kevin Belks, spoke about the victims who represent their four service areas
throughout the community.
Khiry Walker was found shot to death on November 25th, 2008 at the
south end of Martin Luther King Park. Terence Stokes, in town from Detroit to visit
his sister’s graduation open house, died on June 16th, 2012 in the
200 block of Travis. Brian Martinez was killed on August 29th 2012
in the 3800 block of Camelot, shot to death by a lone gunman who walked up to
him and opened fire.
the billboards will feature a different victim until grant money runs out. Silent
Observer has a call center that operates 24 hour a day, seven days a week.
Skilled operators gather tips under confidential circumstances.
Tipsters are issued an ID number, their name remains completely confidential, there is no use of caller ID, and tipsters are able to call back at any time
to offer further information.
Rewards of up to 1000 dollars are paid on cases solved with the
help of a tip to Silent Observer.
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