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For Immediate Release

Contact:
August 04, 2021 Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Tennessee - Memphis 901-573-8177;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Service Pays Reward for Arrest in 2020 Homicide of 10-Year-Old Child

Memphis, TN – U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller announces that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) has approved the payment of a reward for information that led to an arrest in the homicide of 10-year-old Jadon Knox.

On January 19, 2020, Jadon was found shot to death while standing on the front porch of a home in the 700 block of Josephine Avenue in the Orange Mound community of Memphis.

On October 29, 2020, the Marshals Service announced a partnership with the Memphis Police Department in solving the homicides of eight children who had been murdered in 2020, including Jadon, by offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of suspects.
On July 25, 2021, MPD arrested and charged Martavis Ayers with Reckless Homicide, Tampering with Evidence, and Making a False Report in connection to Jadon’s murder.

The Marshals Service determined that the information met the qualifications under USMS confidential source guidelines, and the tipster will be paid a reward. The Marshals Service neither identifies the names of tipsters nor provides details regarding reward amounts.

“The sudden, unexpected loss of a child is a tragedy,” said Marshal Miller. “The Marshals Service remains committed to our community partners, like the Memphis Police Department, and we’re pleased to play a role in helping to bring Jadon’s killer to justice.”

The cases listed below are the remaining seven unsolved child homicide cases in 2020. Tipsters may call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274). They can also call the MPD Homicide Office at 901-636-3300 and ask to speak with an investigator. The Marshals Service will pay up to $5,000 per case for information that leads to an arrest.

  • Ashlynn Luckett, age 6, and Lequan Boyd, age 16, were both shot on January 20 when gunshots entered a home in the 6800 block of Kirby Mills Cove.

  • Hilda Trejo, 9-months-old, died from inflicted trauma on January 22 at a home in the 4600 block of Willow Road.

  • Jalen Dodge, age 17, was shot in the roadway on March 18 in the 1600 block of Sunset Street.

  • Tyrell Jones, age 15, was shot in a vehicle on May 7 in the 4000 block of Barron Avenue.
    Alajah Reynolds, age 16, was found shot on July 11 in a vehicle in the 3100 block of E. Glengarry Drive.

  • Demetrius Robinson, age 17, was shot on September 3 in the 3800 block of Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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