Reward raised as search for student's killer continues - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reward raised as search for student's killer continues

Memphis Police want to talk to the late Taylor Bradford's ex-girlfriend, and her new boyfriend, about Bradford's murder.  Bradford, a member of the University of Memphis football team, was shot and killed on-campus Sunday night.

Bradford filed a restraining order last year against his former girlfriend, Erica Bell, also a student at the University.
The petition was later denied.

The Daily Helmsman reported Memphis police were asking students about Bell and another student, Devin Jefferson.  Police refuse to say if the two are suspects or witnesses, because the investigation is still on-going.

Robert Davis, Bradford's fraternity brother, said he heard rumors about Bradford's history with Bell, but never from Bradford himself.
"I knew they dated quote unquote dated a little bit," Davis said. "As far as the history with them, I don't know."

Davis said he did not know if Bell had ever threatened Bradford.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin announced a new incentive for leads to turned in to his department.  According to Godwin, a retired police manager and his wife pledged an additional $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of Bradford's killer or killers.

Godwin said most crimes are solved by his department through tips, and with the trail running cold in the Bradford case, investigators need all the help they can get.

"We're up to $7,000 (in reward money) and I thank the citizens..this is a tragic, tragic thing for this young man, and I think the community's going to step up, and somebody's going to let us know something, and we're going to get this individual or individuals," Godwin said.

If you know anything about the murder, or the suspects call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH or University of Memphis Campus Police at 901-678-HELP.

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