Reward increased to $13,500 for information about January homicide

Reward increased to $13,500 for information about January homicide

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police are offering a $13,500 reward for anyone who can help solve a Memphis murder.

In January, Iowa resident Lonnie Ludvigson stopped in Memphis as he drove across the country. He rented a room through AirBnB where he planned to stay for the night.

After only spending a few hours in Memphis, four masked men driving a blue Mazda parked near Ludvigson's truck on South Prescott near Highland Street.  At least one of the men pulled out a gun and forced Ludvigson from his truck, walking him over to the car. The men then demanded money from Ludvigson.

Police said Ludvigson tried to run away but was shot several times. Neighbors said they heard 10 shots fired.

Ludvigson died in the front yard of a home on Prescott Street. Bystanders tried to give him CPR. Police said another witness shot at the masked men as they drove away.

Police have no suspects in Ludvigson's death. Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby County is offering a $13,500 reward in hopes that someone will come forward with information about the crime.

Ludvigson was in the Iowa National Guard and is a Desert Storm veteran. He was also a 12-year cancer survivor.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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