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April 13, 2005

Searching for Gloria Tanner's Killer

It's a murder that goes back more than six years, a murder that is still unsolved. It's a murder that the family believes, will stay unsolved. They don't feel like there is much hope, and that's a tough place to be. In tonigh'ts Crime Stoppers report, WAFB's Matt Williams takes us back, and shows us that no matter the circumstances, a killer shouldn't be allowed to walk free.

She was a mother, she was a sister, and she was loved by her family. Unfortunatly, she also had a drug problem, which police say, more than likely contributed to her death. Does that make her murder any less important? Not to the family, and not to the police. Sgt. Madeline Brooks said, "This is a victim. They have parents, family. That's what you look at, whatever happened, they did not deserve to die."

It was back on January 12th, 1999 that police were called to the intersection of Gracie and 26th Street. They were responding to a shots fired call. When they arrived, they found a 1985 Ford pickup, stopped up against a lawn. When they found her, still sitting in the truck, Gloria Tanner had nine dollars clutched in her hand. More than likely, she was in the area to buy drugs, police say she had been there before.

Her brother knows his sister had a problem, but she didn't deserve to die. Robert Tanner thinks whoever killed her, turned a small time drug deal into big time theft and murder, "It should have been more money. She had got paid that day and all she had, the paramedics pulled nine dollars out of her hand."

While her brother feels the case will never be solved, he also feels there are people out there that have information, but just aren't coming forward. He has lost his sister, but offers some very good advice, "If you have anybody that's close to you and you know they've fallen on hard times with drugs, don't hesitate like I did and put it off like I did to the next day or tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes and it's to late."

It's to late for Gloria and her family. Grandkids that will never see her, brothers and sisters that feel she's been forgotten. Robert's hope though, is that this will be a lesson for others. Stay involved.

If you think you can help Baton Rouge Police, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. You can of course remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward of up to one thousand dollars. 

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