Killer sought after teen shot in the back

January 5, 2011 12:24:44 PM PST
Crime Stoppers and Houston police are asking for the public's help in solving the murder of 17-year-old Ebonny Murrell. On Friday, December 10, at about 7pm, Ebonny was walking home from a friend's house near the 10100 block of Sapling Way when a man ran into the street and began shooting a gun. Ebonny was shot in the back and was pronounced dead at the scene. A vehicle and a nearby apartment building were also hit with bullets from this shooting.

"Ebonny was not the intended target of this," explained Officer Todd Tyler with the Houston Police Department. "Other than that, we're not sure who this guy was shooting at, but again, according to witnesses and evidence there at the scene, she was not the target."

"If this was your child, if this happened to you, you would want to know too," said Ebonny's mother Sherrie Murrell. "You would want somebody to say something. If the person that's out there that done this, if you have a heart or a conscience, please just turn yourself in. Do the right thing."

The suspect is described only as a black male in his early to mid 20's, approximately six feet tall, and weighing between 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie jacket that was either navy or black, and dark pants.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-8477 (TIPS) hotline or submitted online at that leads to the identification, arrest and/or charging of the any of suspect in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message - Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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