City of Houston to honor slain restaurant owner

- One week after Crime Stoppers of Houston announced an increased reward in the shooting death case of McDonald's franchise owner Carroll Oliver, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that Tuesday, Feb. 16 will be designated as a day to honor him.

Oliver was shot to death on Jan. 11 in the parking lot of his restaurant building on the East Freeway frontage road near Lockwood in what police say was an attempted robbery. The Crime Stoppers reward was increased on Feb. 8 to $50,000 for information that leads to identification and arrest of the person or people who killed Oliver.

“We would like for somebody to just do the right thing and we appreciate any information you may have,” said Oliver’s daughter Stephanie on Feb. 8.

Investigators say Oliver's killers drove away in a white sport utility vehicle that was captured on surveillance video. Witnesses told law enforcement officers that there were at least two men, possibly three inside the vehicle.  

“I hope the community will help," said family friend Dave Moss on Feb. 8. "Mr. Oliver was one to give the shirt off his back for thousands of employees he had.”

Anyone with information about the identity of the killers is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston by phone at 713-222-8477 (TIPS), online by visiting https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=610, by text message by sending TIP610 and the information to 274637 (CRIMES) or with the Houston Crime Stoppers in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World. Crime Stoppers is willing to pay up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect in this case. People who submit information to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

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