Police identify adult victims of Memphis slayings; reward increases - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Police identify adult victims of Memphis slayings; reward increases

Cecil Dotson (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Cecil Dotson (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department)
Shindri Roberson (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Shindri Roberson (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department)
Hollis Seals (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Hollis Seals (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department)
Marissa Rene Williams (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Marissa Rene Williams (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

In a press release Wednesday, Memphis police identified the four adults who were found slain Monday night inside a home on Lester Street.

Lt. Joe Scott listed the victims as Cecil Dotson, 30; Hollis Seals, 33; Shindri Roberson, 20; and Marissa Rene Williams, 26.  The names of two children also killed were not released.

Wednesday, investigators continued to gather information at the home on Lester Street where the killings took place.  From crime scene tape, to police cruisers parked at the corner of Lester and Faxon, to the police command post parked directly in front of 722 Lester, not much has changed since Monday night.

Investigators admit they haven't seen a crime scene of this magnitude for some time.  While they have now identified some of the victims, they still do not know the identity of the killer

CrimeStoppers Director Buddy Chapman said investigators were continuing to ask the public for tips, and the public was responding.

"We've gotten a lot of calls on Lester Street," he said.

Chapman said homicide investigators get the information from every phone call that comes in, and they sort through them for the most pertinent information.

"The truth is, and particularly on a case like Lester, you never know.  You might get a tip that actually appears to be nothing whatsoever, and it might turn out to be the magic bullet," Chapman said.

Wednesday, the Memphis City Council pitched in their help by adding the six homicides to their reward program. 

A person who offers a tip that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or group of people responsible for the Lester Street killings would be eligible for $5,000 for each victim, a total of $30,000, plus the normal CrimeStoppers reward.

Along with the six murder victims, three children were found alive, but badly injured, inside the home.  Their identities have not been released.


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