Crime Stoppers May 18: Clues needed in 2008 homicide

Michael Kissi

In{}2008, a Birmingham man was shot and killed, and the case has gone cold.{}Police continue to search for justice in the death of Michael Kissi, and Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper is asking for your help.

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

We've been working leads for years. Now it's time to close the case on who killed Michael Kissi. He was 28 years old when he lost his life.

Kissi was shot at Jerry's Quick Stop May 12, 2008. That night police were called to the convenience store on the 4900 block of Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard. Kissi had been shot.

He was taken to{}UAB Hospital but died in surgery several hours later. Witnesses tell us Kissi had been dropped off at the convenience store. We later learned he had been hanging out with friends at some apartments a few blocks away.

They're located on the 4600 block of 14th Avenue North. One of Kissi's friends said Kissi walked around the corner of the apartments. Then there were gunshots.

We were also told there were about ten people hanging out at the apartments. Witnesses say a red truck pulled up and two men in white shirts got out and started shooting.

Our detectives are well aware that when something like this happens, people talk. Rumors fly, and many times even the killer brags about what happened.

So tonight, we're asking: What have you heard? Even if you don't think your information is valuable, we need you to call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

Our detectives will take what you've heard and apply it to the case. We will not ask for your name, and Crime Stoppers will not call you to court. Our program has a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest. So make the call, and understand you're doing the right thing.

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

You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES." Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go{}click on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Each tipster receives a private code number. If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

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.