Knoxville police, victim’s father revisit two-year-old cold case

Paul Shepherd Jr. was killed in Knoxville in 2014.

Shooting scene from 2014.
Shooting scene from 2014.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Today the barks of neighborhood dogs fill the streets, but just over two years ago the same roads were filled with sirens.

“You never get over it,” said Paul Shepherd Sr. “You just learn to cover it up.”

Shepherd’s son, Paul Shepherd Jr. was shot to death in the taxi he was driving in Knoxville on June 29, 2014.

Paul Shepherd Jr. (source: Family)
Paul Shepherd Jr. (source: Family)

Wednesday, Knoxville police and Shepherd spent the afternoon trying to find new leads.

“We thought we’d have some cadets out here to hand out some flyers with some new contact numbers to kind of refresh people’s memories,” said Investigator Jeff Day.

Day says the Knoxville Police Department has some new leads but not enough evidence to close the case.

“We have some witnesses that saw a couple of suspects running from the scene,” said Day. “We know there have been some people that saw it. We talked to some of those people and there’s a possibility that the suspects lived in this area.”

KPD and Shepherd are asking these people to come forward.

“I can’t offer a reward because I don’t have enough funds to do that,” said Shepherd. “All I can do is ask for people’s help.”

Shepherd says his family cannot find peace until the case is solved.

“He has two kids that miss him really bad and we need closure.”

Day says KPD needs closure in this case as well.

“No murder is more important than another murder, but this is especially tragic when you have a man who has a family and goes to work and doesn’t come home.”

If you have any information about this case, you are urged to contact Investigator Jeff Day at 865-215-7140.

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