• Hours into 2019, MPD investigates first homicide of the year

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    On the first day of 2019, Memphis police are investigating the first homicide for the year. 

    Police were called to the 3300 block of Russelwood in Raleigh around 8 a.m. on New Year's Day after a man was found shot and killed. 

    Detectives do not know when the actual shooting took place. People inside the home woke up and found him outside the house. The police were then called. 

    Police have not yet identified the victim. However, FOX13 spoke with a neighbor who woke up and saw the body outside. 

    “My sister woke me up and told me there is a dead body in your front yard and I was like really and I got up and came and saw it, it was a shocking discovery,” said homeowner Tiffany Phillips.


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    Phillips said she did not know the victim.

    She’s lived here four years with her children but now is contemplating moving.

    “It’s really like the first one that’s actually happened in my yard, it’s the first time,” said Phillips.

    Police are trying to figure out if one or more suspects were involved and when the victim was killed.

    “It could’ve been one of my children, so yeah it’s crazy….I’m thinking about moving,” said Phillips.

    The victim’s body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

    Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH. 

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