$5,000 reward offered in Bessemer murder | News
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC)- The family of a slain teen hopes a murder reward will help catch his killer.
Quinterrius Steele, 18, was shot dead in front of his grandfather's house on 16th Street South on October 16, 2011, just seven months before he was supposed to graduate from Midfield High School.
Bessemer Police held a press conference Friday to announce that Governor Robert Bentley is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in case. Bessemer Police arrested someone shortly after the shooting but a grand jury didn't indict him.
Steele's sister, Tiara Baldwin, attended Friday's press conference wearing a t-shirt and necklace honoring her brother.
"Angry in a way because I feel justice hasn't been served yet. Somebody who did it is still out there living their life and we can't continue on with our lies and my brother's life is gone so I just feel angry," Baldwin said.
"I can't put myself in their place in their hurt that they're feeling but I can see it. I can see that they're hurt," said Bessemer Police Chief Deputy Michael Roper.
Roper says this case has taken a personal toll on him and his officers are following up on all leads.
"This is the first one where I've really gotten involved. This is a very concerned family. This is a very hurt family," Roper said.
Baldwin says remembering the things Steele would be doing if he were alive today hurts the most.
"Me and my sister went and got his diploma for him. It was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," Baldwin said.
"They're sad they could not see Quinn walk across that stage and receive his diploma with the rest of the kids and it's just a sad situation," Roper said.
Steele's family now prays the cash reward will help bring a killer to justice. If you have information about the case you can call the tip line at 205-428-3541.
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