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      Crime Stoppers November 23: Tips needed in September homicide

      Derrek Phillips

      It's almost been two months since Derrek Phillips lost his life. He was just 23 years old when he{}died. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper details the case so you can help.

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

      Derrek Phillips was too young to die. He was 23 years old when someone took his life. We need to find that person, and we need your help.

      Think back to Friday, September 20th. You may remember it. That morning, police were called to Phillips' apartment on Clairmont Avenue. Phillips was inside. He was dead.

      Witnesses tell us they heard three gunshots and saw two men running from the scene. One had on a ski mask and was carrying a gun. When officers walked into the apartment, they found what appeared to be a crystal meth lab.

      That's it. We know that's not much, but someone out there knows who is responsible.

      And we need that person to come forward. Trust me: There's no need to fear.

      You will remain anonymous. Just call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. We'll never ask your name, and Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court to testify.

      It's time to find out who killed Derrek Phillips. He deserves justice. But to get it, we're calling on you.

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

      In addition to telephone tips, you can text a tip by texting the code 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES. Or, you can submit an encrypted tip by going to www.birminghamcrimestoppers.org and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link.

      No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.

      The cash reward in this case is offered to the first person whose tip leads to an arrest. Even if you receive the cash reward, you still will not have to give your name -- only the code number.

      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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