Police release video of suspected intruder in former NFL star's slaying
Tampa police have released a video that shows the suspected shooter of former NFL player Eric Patterson leaving the neighborhood where the slaying occurred.
According to IndyStar, police say the suspect was driving a white SUV, as seen in the vid:
Eric Patterson, 26, was found wounded on the floor of his residence from a gunshot wound on June 8. He died at an area hospital, according to the Tampa Police Department.
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His roommate, awakened by noise around 5 a.m., saw an unknown suspect fleeing the house, but reportedly didn't catch a clear glimpse of him.
Police and the victim's family hope the video will attract tips to uncover the suspect's identity.
"Please come forward. Like somebody, just give us a lead or tell us something. Somebody knows something,” Lianishia Wilson, Eric’s sister, told Spectrum News.
Patterson played college football at Ball State and was a cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts from August to September 2015. His coach at Ball State, Pete Lembo, offered his condolences after he received news of his Eric's death, and retweeted a video of Patterson playing football during his college days.
Police released the video on Wednesday, three days before a funeral was held for Eric on Saturday, with many of his family in attendance.
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His sister Javonica says she saw Eric conversing with people in that white SUV just two days before he was shot.
"I wish I would have just asked him who that was, he would have told me. And maybe I could have solved this case like that. I just want it to be solved," Javonica told Spectrum News.
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