Police continue search for Florence man's killer

Eric Watkins was found shot in his car in November. (Source: Facebook)
Eric Watkins was found shot in his car in November. (Source: Facebook)

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - A family in the Shoals has endured a tough six-month period as police continue to search for clues in an unsolved murder.

Florence Police said someone shot 32-year-old Eric Watkins inside his car on Monroe Street last November. Watkins' car was found under an overhang with multiple bullet holes and shattered glass. They said Watkins had died by the time they arrived.

Investigators spent hours combing the scene for evidence and still continue to follow leads. They are now pleading with the public for any information that could break this case.

"There is a family out there that has lost a loved one," said Brad Holmes with the Florence Police Department. "There are children that will now live their life without a father and our obligation is to those family members and to those children."

Holmes said when a homicide happens, a lead detective is assigned to the case, but everyone in their division takes ownership.

"It is trying on the detectives and trying on the department, but it is more trying on the family," he said.

Investigators feel certain someone in the area has information to help solve this murder.

"We are pleading with the public: come forth, don't be scared. We can protect you; we have money to offer, we just need that information. We want to bring closure for the family and for those children," Holmes said.

If you have any information regarding the death of Eric Watkins, you are asked to call the Florence Police Department. Remember, you can remain anonymous and there is a cash reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case.

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