Police continue to search for suspects in U of M murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Police continue to search for suspects in U of M murder

One week ago Sunday, the University of Memphis campus was stunned when football player Taylor Bradford was shot and killed on campus.

One week after Bradford was shot to death, no one is in custody for the crime.

The weeklong investigation, including interviews with Bradfords friends and classmates, resulted in some leads but no arrests.

"They'll be going through to see if theres any kind of information there to see if there's anything that will be fruitful," says U of M Police Director Bruce Harber.

On Wednesday, new information surfaced about a restraining order Bradford filed last year against a former girlfriend who still lives in his on-campus apartment complex.

"Footage from like the security camera there at Carpenter has been turned over to the MPD and the officer they're working with they'll look at that," says Harber.

By Wednesday night the Memphis Tiger football team defeated Marshall in a game dedicated to their fellow teammate.

An emotional Jimmie Bradford thanked the players for honoring his son. "I talked to the players and told them how much my son loved Tiger Football," said Bradford.

New information surfaced on Thursday when investigators identified a vehicle of interest. A late 90's model gold or tan 4-door Mercury Marquis.

By Saturday the car was still missing and, without anyone to blame, mourners gathered at a Nashville church to bid Bradford one last goodbye.

"I never had the chance to tell him to his face but Taylor I love you," said friend Daniel Drumwright.

Investigators say even evidence that seems insignificant can help solve this week old case.

"Sometimes a piece of evidence won't identify but will eliminate. It might not tell you what happened but it might tell you what didn't happen," adds Harber.

That's why tips from the public are so crucial to making an arrest. But, as in any investigation, the longer that takes the less likely it becomes.

You can call the campus police tipline a (901) 678-HELP if you have information on Bradford's shooting or Memphis CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


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