Quadruple Homicide is Crime Stoppers ‘Crime of the Week’

The Paris/Lamar County Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week is the quadruple homicide that occurred the night of Oct. 9, 2013, in a residence at 435 NE 6th St. in Paris.

Crime Stoppers Logo. 300 dpiThe bodies of Brijonne Woods, Romello Steward, Devante Akins and Billy Carey were discovered when Paris police officers responded shortly before midnight on that Wednesday to a report of a shooting at that residence.

A preliminary investigation and autopsies confirmed that all died as a result of gunshots.

“Despite the three months since the murders, police have yet to make an arrest and are continuing to ask for the public’s assistance,” said police officer Curtis Garrett, the coordinator for the Paris/Lamar County Crime Stoppers program.

Officers are confident there are uninvolved parties who have knowledge of the person or persons responsible for these murders, Garrett said.

“Detectives encourage anyone with any degree of knowledge about these murders or knowledge of the person or persons responsible to contact Lamar County Crime Stoppers,” he said.

All tips received through Crime Stoppers will forwarded to the detectives, and tipsters will not be asked for their name.

If the information leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible, the tipster could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 with anonymity guaranteed.

Persons with information about this or any other felony crime can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day, seven days a week in four ways:

  1. By phone at (903)785-tips (8477)
  2. By going online and logging onto www.785-tips.com and submitting a tip there. Persons can also get more information about other featured crimes.
  3. By text message- by adding “tip120” in front of your message and sending it to “crimes” (274637).
  4. Users of smart phones can submit a tip by downloading and using a new mobile app called TipSubmit. Visit our website for details.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.