Family Hopes For Leads In Murder Cold Case

HARFORD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A three-year-old Harford County homicide is still unsolved.  On the victim’s birthday, the family renews its plea for witnesses to come forward.

Gigi Barnett has more.

A small family gathering would have been a birthday celebration for Tariq Alston.  At 22, he was gunned down at a private party in Harford County three years ago.  Without any witnesses, Alston’s case reamins unsolved.

“It’s not a cold case to me,” said Daphne Alston, Tariq’s mother.

Robert and Daphne Alston are Tariq’s parents.  They’ve pleaded for witnesses to come forward since the night of their son’s murder.

“I live with this every day,” she said.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is still passing out reward flyers in Alston’s murder.  In July 2008, he attended a party at the Joppa Magnolia Fire Hall on Mountain Road.  That’s where someone shot him in the head; he died minutes later at the hospital.

“He was killed gangsta style,” she said.

Detectives say much of the evidence in Alston’s case is circumstantial.  There is a $1,000 reward for information in Alston’s case that leads to an arrest.

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  • YouKnowIt

    I bet if you increased the reward someone would come forward. Greed always makes people talk….

  • Jewelry Junkie

    I was just thinking the same thing…

  • HA?

    No kidding 1000 is nothing when it comes to turning in your buddy. They need to pump that up to like 20,000 somehow take up a collection fund raiser or something.

  • Cathy

    It’s not the reward. There are parents hurting more then just these parents.People that placate to the common criminal because they are afraid of these people that kill on a whim. Cold blooded killers are running around on the streets of Baltimore and no one talks. The killing will continue. There are a few people out there that have no problem in pulling a trigger and walking away like nothing happened.

  • Brad


  • Suzanne Patterson Webster

    So sad…

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