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      Crime Stoppers July 27: Birmingham July 18 killing unsolved

      Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper needs help solving the July 18 murder of 24-year-old Montez Leatherwood in Ensley. (abc3340.com)

      It hasn't been long since Montez Leatherwood was killed. He lost his life July 18th, and police are ready to put his killer behind bars.

      It's time for his family to get some justice, and as Birmingham Police Chief{}A.C. Roper explains, it's time for someone to speak up.

      "I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

      Crime Stoppers is ready to offer protection to anyone who calls on this case. That protection comes in the form of complete anonymity.

      Montez Leatherwood was just 24 years old when he was killed. Someone took his life Thursday, July 18th. We need to know who that person is.

      Shortly before 4 am, officers responded to{}500 35th{}Street Ensley. Leatherwood was sitting in the driver's seat of a white Cadillac Fleetwood. He had been shot.

      The car was parked in an apartment building's parking lot. Two witnesses who live in the building recalled hearing gunshots around 2 am. One of the witnesses went to a nearby store around{}3:30 am{}and saw Leatherwood in the car.

      Anytime something like this happens, rumors spread like wildfire. Now, it's time for you to tell us what you've heard, and let us look into it.

      If the tip proves to be credible, and we make an arrest, Crime Stoppers offers you a cash reward. And for your safety, you never have to give your name, even if you get the reward.

      Just call Crime Stoppers now at 205-254-7777, and let us do our jobs by closing this case and finally getting justice for Montez Leatherwood.

      With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."

      You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime by phone at 205-254-7777 or by texting the word "CRIMES" with your tip to 7777.

      To send a tip online, go to www.crimestoppersmetroal.com and click on the "submit an online tip" link.

      NOTE: You will remain anonymous no matter which method you contact Crime Stoppers. Each tipster receives a private code number, which you can use to claim a cash reward should your tip lead to an arrest. Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

      Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.

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