Crime

$3,000 reward offered for Miami Gardens double homicide info

 

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Crimestoppers has increased the reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a Miami Gardens double homicide to $3,000.

The execution-style killing of Annette Anderson, a 70-year-old retired minister, and her 20-year-old grandson shocked the close-knit community surrounding Anderson’s Miami Gardens home.

Police received a call from a neighbor on Tuesday expressing concern that Anderson had not been seen around the neighborhood in a few days which was out of character for the gregarious woman.

Anderson had missed church that Sunday, which was also unusual for the former pastor at Jesus People Ministries.

A family member let police into the house Tuesday morning, where they found Anderson and Tyrone Walker, Jr. bound, gagged, and shot.

The family entered Anderson’s home for the first time since the crime on Thursday with a crew from Miami Herald news partners at CBS 4.

“I wanted to see the area where these animals had killed my son," Tyrone Walker Sr. said.

Tyrone Walker, Jr., “T.J.” to family, was three months into a computer science program when he was murdered. His parents sent him to live with his grandmother to be closer to ITT Tech.

Pastor Virgil Walker, T.J.’s uncle, pointed to scattered stuffing in a doorway.

"This is the pillows that they used to cover them to muffle the sound from the gunshots," he said to CBS 4.

Miami Gardens Police are not releasing any information about possible leads or motives, preferring to keep their cards close in order to not tip off possible suspects.

Police officers canvassed the neighborhood Thursday conducting interviews and handing out fliers to neighbors encouraging them to contribute any information that may move the case forward.

Friday’s announcement of a larger reward, is hoped, will help increase public involvement in the investigation.

Pastor Virgil Walker believes that what will truly motivate people to come forth isn’t money, but hearing the emotional appeals for justice made by the parents, Tyrone Walker Sr. and Carolyn Walker.

“The reward is just gravy on top,” Pastor Walker said Friday.

Anyone with information which can help investigators is encouraged to call the Miami Gardens Police Department or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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