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Plea for tips continues as murder anniversary nears

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McGhee was shot to death outside his home on Jan. 4; police are still investigating. McGhee was shot to death outside his home on Jan. 4; police are still investigating.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It has been nearly a year to the day of the murder of Alonzo McGhee, and his killer has not yet been captured. Friends and family are now ramping up efforts for justice, including putting up more billboards offering a large reward for information leading to a conviction.

McGhee was fatally shot while sitting in a car in front of his house on Jan. 4, marking Huntsville Police's first homicide investigation of 2013.

The billboards are on Highway 431 as you come down the mountain and enter the Hampton Cove area. This is the second round of billboards that have gone up in the area; the first round began appearing in Huntsville over the summer. McGhee's friends said they hope the $20,000 reward helps bring in a tip that could lead to an arrest and the justice they've longed for.

Court documents show Alonzo McGhee finalized his divorce only a few days prior to his death. A judge awarded him full custody of his children. Police said someone walked up to his vehicle and fired more than a dozen shots at him.

McGhee's attorney said he knows someone out there knows something that will crack the case.

"The person that murdered him, we want you to know that it is not going to go away. We're not going to give up, we're never going to give up, and for the people out there that have information about this, it's not going to go away and someone will come forward," said Mark McDaniel.

Former Huntsville Police investigator Bill Davis said the attention the billboards bring really does make a difference in investigating high-profile cases. He said just because we're not hearing a lot about the investigation doesn't mean there's not a lot going on behind the scenes.

"It's not like on NCIS where within three or four days you've solved the case… In the ideal world, that would be great, but in the real world that doesn't happen. What we have to do is rely on the old-fashioned method of foot-to-the-ground and gathering the evidence," said Davis.

A spokesperson for Huntsville Police said they are still actively investigating the death of Alonzo McGhee.

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