Family marks anniversary of cold case hit and run death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family marks anniversary of cold case hit and run death

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Police made an old hit-and-run murder mystery one of its "crimes of the week" Wednesday.

The teenage victim's parents pray it helps drum up much-needed tips, but they’re also doing their part.

"This is our slogan, justice for Tyler,” mother Roshonda Johnson said. “We want justice."

Johnson admitted that seeking justice for her son has taken a deep emotional toll.

"It's hard to go on day-to-day,” Roshonda said. “It's like I have a mask on, pretending that I'm okay, and I'm not."

15-year-old Tyler Johnson was killed two years ago while walking across the street near Perkins and Mallory.

Despite publicity over the years, there has been little movement in the now cold case. Memphis Police made it one of its crimes of the week again after Tyler's family hung a banner near the spot where he died. Part of the banner is written in Spanish because of the large Hispanic population in the area.

"Somebody knows something,” father Otis Johnson said. “Give us closure to our family, you know. That's all we want is closure, come forward."

Tyler was a football player at KIPP Academy and was killed the day before classes began. He would have graduated this past spring.

"KIPP Academy did honor him with an honorary diploma," Roshonda said.

Tyler's family said the highest honor will come when an unconscionable driver is caught.

"Not saying that is going to bring Tyler back,” Roshonda said. “But we just want to know."

Memphis Police believe the driver who hit Tyler was driving a gold-colored Ford Excursion SUV with two-to-three-inch lettering on the rear window.

Call Crime-Stoppers at 901-528-CASH with any information.

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