$50,000 reward for University of Tampa student's killer

12:38 PM, Jul 14, 2010   |    comments
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Ryan McCall

Tampa, Florida - Wednesday, law firm Winters and Yonker announced a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of University of Tampa student Ryan McCall's killer.

The firm doesn't represent McCall's family.  One of their legal assistants, Danielle Dixon, is friends with McCall's brother.

The announcement, at 9 a.m. at Tampa Police headquarters, came with a tearful plea from McCall's father. 

"[Help us] bring some closure to the case.  Help our family move on," Kevin McCall, Sr. choked through tears.

He said he visualizes his son's killing every morning when he wakes up and still wonders why it happened.

'The last 11 months have felt like August 19,' he said.

McCall was murdered on the North Boulevard bridge on August 19, 2009.

He and a childhood friend were walking home from a friend's birthday party when they were robbed at gunpoint.

Since the killing, investigators have received "dozens of leads" but still no arrests, said Maj. Tom Wolff of the Tampa Police Department.

They're hoping the large reward will encourage someone to turn in the killer.

Investigators say the suspect is a black male in his mid-20's with light facial hair on his chin.  The man also has a 1- to 1 1/2-inch afro, possibly in twists.

In the months following the killing, McCall's family has pleaded for clues in the case.

And the wounds are still fresh today.

"It's just senseless.  There's no reason for it to happen," McCall's brother Kevin told reporters at Tampa Police headquarters Wednesday.

Last year, investigators released a voicemail message that contained what they believe is the voice of McCall's murderer.

The recording was left on McCall's friend's brother's voicemail.  In it, you hear the suspect say, "Get over here.  Get the f*** over here.  Get over here."

McCall was a member of the University of Tampa's cross-country team and worked at a local church.  His family is from Pennsylvania but currently resides in Holiday.  McCall was laid to rest in New Port Richey.

Janie Porter, 10 Connects

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