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Hefty reward offered in each of 3 unsolved Montgomery murders

L-R Atrivis Perry; Shekrian Wilkerson; Melissa Slater (Source: CrimeStoppers) L-R Atrivis Perry; Shekrian Wilkerson; Melissa Slater (Source: CrimeStoppers)

Three Montgomery families are issuing a desperate plea for information as they waiting for answers in several unsolved murders. Now, new rewards are being offered in the hopes of cracking the cases. 

At a press conference Friday afternoon at the Montgomery County courthouse, it was announced that the City of Montgomery has teamed up with the Governor's Office and Central Alabama Crimestoppers to offer $11,000 in rewards in each of the deaths for information leading to arrests and convictions. The District Attorney's Office pushed for the rewards after meeting with police and learning that all leads have been exhausted.

"We have an outstanding solve rate on these homicides- 90%- but sometimes we're stumped and it just runs out... We truly are sorry but we are not giving up." said Montgomery Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy. 

Relatives of the victims in the three deadly shootings are hoping the rewards are incentive to help bring new developments in the stalled investigations. Representatives from each of the families cried as they spoke at the press conference.

Atrivius Perry, 23, was killed on June 6, 2012 around 2:30 AM when he walked into his home on Traction Avenue.

"When he walked into his residence, there were folks in there, already committing a home invasion. Some of his friends were already in the residence and they were being held hostage at gunpoint. When Tre walked in, he was confronted at gunpoint and when he asked what was going on, he was shot. Fifteen minutes later, he died," said Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey. 

"He didn't deserve to be gunned down and murdered in the way they did him... I feel like if he had a reward, somebody will say something because I know they know. They're just afraid to tell. I need justice for my son. That's my only son," Perry's mother, Tonya Watkins, told WSFA. She's been raising reward money on her own to help find her son's killer. 

Perry was the 11th homicide of 2012.

On January 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM, 18-year-old Melissa Slater was outside talking to friends in the 3400 block of Audubon Road when an SUV drove by and the people in the vehicle began to fire shots into the crowd. One of the bullets hit Melissa in the chest and she died almost an hour later. 

"She had her whole life ahead of her but Melissa will never get married, she will never have children, she will never grow old because of the foolishness of some people who decided to play with guns that night," said her mother, Melissa Piatkowski. "My child was innocent and I will not rest until the person who did this is found and convicted for the crime that they committed."

The straight-A student was the fifth murder of 2013. 

Then on January 26, 2014 at 5 AM, 32-year-old Shekrian Wilkerson was shot multiple times as she sat in a car in the 4200 block of Davenport Road in Montgomery. A week prior to her murder, she learned that she was pregnant with twins. 

"This needs to come to justice. Her kids need some closure. This family needs closure," her sister, Victoria said. 

The mother of five was the second murder of 2014.

"Now it is up to you Montgomery. If you know something about these crimes, please pick up the phone. The $11,000 is the incentive but besides that, please do the right thing. These families need closure and they deserve justice," Bailey said.

The reward money is being offered by the City of Montgomery ($5,000) as well as from the state ($5,000). An additional $1,000 is being offered by Central Alabama CrimeStoppers.

Authorities with CrimeStoppers say their reward is for tipsters who help in making an arrest, not necessarily a conviction. The reward is offered immediately upon the arrest. 

"The tipster may see that as incentive because sometimes the tipster may be in harms way or their family may be in harms way and they may need that incentive or that resource to get out of harms way," said Tony Garrett, director of Central Alabama Crimestoppers. "Someone has to know something about these cases, whether it's somebody that may have told them a rumor or something that they may have overheard, we want to hear from you."

Anyone who can help with any of these cases should call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.

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