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LIVE: $20,000 reward offered for information on Tampa teen found dead along train tracks

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward for information in the death of 14-year-old Jevario Buie, who was found dead along the railroad tracks near Carrollwood on April 17.

Crime Stoppers, the ATF and their community partners have announced a $20,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of a suspect.


Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw, Hillsborough County District Attorney Suzy Lopez and community leader Thaddeus Bullard – aka WWE Global Ambassador Titus O’Neil – will hold a press conference on Thursday. It can be viewed in the live player above.

Grandfather Michael Baldwin and his grandson Jevario Buie

What happened to Jevario?

The 14-year-old’s family buried him last week without knowing why or how his body ended up near the railroad tracks between Busch Boulevard and Rome Avenue.

“He was shot multiple times, he was mutilated, he was beaten, he was really, really hurt,” Michael Baldwin, Jevario’s grandfather, told 8 On Your Side.

Baldwin said the teen was an honest kid who stayed out of trouble.

“Jevario was an awkward kid,” Baldwin said. “He was a good boy. He didn’t drink. He didn’t smoke. He didn’t take any drugs. He never had a gun.

Jevario’s family hopes to find his killer to put an end to their story.