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Tyler Native's Murder Still Unsolved

"Who I guess hated my child that much that they felt they had to take his life," says Steve Bryant's mother Beverly Mapps. It is one of a many questions she has been asking since her son was murdered last year. Steve Bryant, Jr. was visiting his sister and nieces at Montgomery's Cambridge Park Apartments. It later turned into a crime scene when he was found on the ground, with multiple gunshot wounds. "As far as I'm concerned he died in a strange place, lying on a cold street. By the time I could get there it was too late. I didn't have a chance to say goodbye to my son," says Beverly. Steve was pronounced dead at the hospital and a homicide case was born. Montgomery Police tell us they believe a verbal altercation escalated prior to Steve's murder. With still no arrests, though, the mystery behind what happened remains. "At this point I'm looking, I'm searching. I'm searching for answers. Did he get into something? Was he involved in something? Those are the questions I need answers to," pleads Beverly. Steve was the baby in the family and the only boy that would have carried on the family name. "He has two nieces that still ask what happened to my uncle. This was their only uncle," says Beverly. As this grieving family comforts each other in this loss, the biggest gain would be for someone to come forward with any information on this murder mystery.

If you have any tips that could help this case, call Montgomery authorities at (334) 262-4000. Again, there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Your call will remain anonymous. We'll repeat this number for you a little later in the newscast.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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