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Pregnant widow taps Richmond community for leads in husband's death

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A pregnant widow is desperately trying to help in the search for her husband's killer, little more than two weeks after his death.

Police say children discovered the body of Lyle McMurtray, 23, in an SUV off East Hill Street in Gilpin Court, on May 31. McMurtray was shot several times inside the vehicle, dying at the scene.

Carmela McMurtray, Lyle's wife, is knocking on doors with police at her side. She's passing out flyers, offering a $2000 reward for anyone in the neighborhood who might know who shattered her family.

"My husband was shot and killed right over there, and left to die," said Carmela McMurtray, motioning to the spot where her husband was found lifeless in the SUV.

Carmela is four months pregnant with his child. "We had our whole lives ahead of us... and he's never going to see his baby...Someone stole that from him."

Police are making headway in the case, saying the homicide is drug-related and there are people of interest identified.

"We're still asking for others to come forward and give us some additional information that can help put this puzzle together," said Detective Rick Edwards with the Richmond Police homicide unit.

Detectives also report that witnesses saw at least one man fleeing from the area, on foot. "If people saw that white SUV, we'd like them to come forward," continued Detective Edwards.

However, Carmela's effort is also about sharing the person she says Lyle truly is. "He was the rock in the family. He cared so much, especially about the baby."

Carmela says Lyle planned to adopt her two other children. She placed a memorial at the spot where her husband's body was found.

Police are asking anyone who knows something about this case, or who may have seen that SUV at any point in the night on May 31st, to call Crime Stoppers 780-1000. The hotline is anonymous.

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