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Police: Too many murders are unresolved because witnesses refuse to speak

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Gary Kyles and Lemuel Houston randomly met each other Thursday but neither of them knew they had a major connection: Both of their sons were murdered.

“Somebody shot him in the back of the head while he was asleep,” recalled Kyles.

Kyles’ son died in 2008, but Kyles said the case has never been solved. According to St. Louis Police Captain Mike Sack, as of October, 2014, 47 percent of the homicides are solved each year.  However, many go unsolved because those with information about the crimes are not speaking to police.

Police suggest people those who have information on a crime call Crimestoppers. It is anonymous and no one can track the phone number or voice of the person calling.

It’s possible a person could earn up to $2,000 if the information they provide leads to an arrest in a homicide case.

“If we can’t intervene quickly enough trying to identify the suspect, other friends of the victim could retaliate. That could result in a shooting or homicide,” said Sack.

If you have information that can help police solve a case, contact Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.


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