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      Crime Stoppers September 15: Who's responsible for Roderick Bower's murder?

      Roderick Bowers

      Two men walked up to a home in Ensley.{} They went inside, and moments later, there was a deadly hail of gunfire.

      When the dust settled, Roderick Bowers was dead.{} And Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper says finding the killers depends on someone getting the courage to take a stand.

      From Chief Roper:

      "Crime Stoppers offers protection by leaving your name out of it if you share what you know.{} Just after midnight on December 14, 2009, officers surrounded a house on Avenue H in Ensley.{} A grief-stricken family was outside, horrified by the news.{} Moments later, the coroner carried out the body of 34-year-old Roderick Bowers.

      We've learned that two men had walked up to Mr. Bowers' house that night and knocked on the door.{} Mr. Bowers let the men inside.{} A few minutes later, people heard several gunshots.{} Then, the two men came back out of the house.

      We're told they walked down the street and went down 13th Street and Avenue G, just a couple blocks away.{} Mr. Bowers was back in his home -- alone -- and drawing his final breaths.

      So that's it.{} Do you want to leave it at that?{} Or do you want to see the killers held accountable?

      My officers are pounding the pavement, and they turned up the information I just shared.{} Now it's time for you to turn up some of your own.

      Whatever you've seen or heard, call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.{} We'll never take your name, which means Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court.{} And there's a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

      Don't let Roderick Bowers' family miss out on the justice they deserve.{} You owe it to them to call now.

      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 to{}{}and 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.