Posted 1/24/23

The Lawrence County, Alabama District Attorney's office hopes a new $5,000 reward will help solve a 2-year-old death investigation that's now being considered a homicide.

Tariq Steward, 21, was fatally shot December 12th 2020. He was in a car with two other individuals at the time, parked outside a gas station.

Initially, his death was ruled a suicide based on statements given by the two companions.

An autopsy revealed Steward was shot in the left side of his head. He was right-handed. The inconsistencies led to the case being reclassified as a homicide investigation.

The sheriff's office investigated the surveillance footage at the gas station. They've also asked for the FBI's assistance in this case.

Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call investigators at 256-974-9291.