Crime Stoppers: Kevin Albert's Murder Unsolved
Because this murder could involve gangs, Crime Stoppers is the ideal way to collect information that could bring his killers to justice. There are dangerous people on our streets, and we have up to $1,000 reward cash to help sweep them up and put them behind bars.
Officers were called to Rosemont Drive on Missionary Ridge, just above the Brainerd tunnels on the night of September 29th, last year. "This area is not well lit," explained Chattanooga Police Officer Victor Miller. "It is a small road. It's a winding road. There's not a lot of homes in the area exactly where it happened at, so there's not a lot of area for witnesses to really see what happened."
At least one homeowner in the neighborhood heard what happened. She wanted to remain anonymous, but spoke with Channel 3 Eyewitness News Reporter Kelly McCarthy the next day. "We heard what I thought was fireworks, I realize it was gunfire," she said. "I heard at least 15 to 18 (shots) and there were two different guns."
19-year old Kevin Albert, Jr. was dead. He was a recent graduate of Brainerd High School. "He struggled in school," said Off. Miller. "He was very happy to graduate, so he even danced across the stage. After that, his mom sent him to Arkansas Baptist College. He went there and was trying to play football there."
Kevin Albert had some trouble there and had come home to get his life back on track. His history as a gang member may have lead to his death. Albert's was the 22nd homicide, last year and the 60th gang-related shooting in a city where violence seemed to be gaining momentum.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson even traveled to Chattanooga to speak at his funeral. "We are the most self-destructive nation of any nation in the world today," he said, standing with Albert's Pastor Kevin Adams. "All because we have these weapons, a combination of guns flowing in and drugs flowing in and so our jobs flowing out. It's a lethal combination."
Clues are few: Two black males, 16 To 25-years old. Their red or maroon or dark-colored vehicle may have had a blue light around the license plate. "So, that's a clue that may help," Miller explained. "If you know someone that drives a dark color or red vehicle that has a tag like that it appears to be blue at night that maybe that could help us."
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