Local 24 News political analyst/commentator Otis Sanford on reward in Glenn Cofield’s murder


THE RANDOM AND SENSELESS KILLING OF A PROMINENT COMMUNITY LEADER… IS SO DISTURBING… FOLKS HAVE DONATED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN REWARD MONEY… HOPING TO CATCH THE KILLER. ALTHOUGH GLENN COFIELD WAS GUNNED DOWN… LESS THAN A WEEK AGO.. WITH EACH PASSING DAY THE TRAIL GROWS COLDER. LOCAL 24 POLITICAL ANALYST OTIS SANFORD SAYS POLICE NEED YOUR HELP. OTIS SANFORD/REPORTIN G: THE TIME IS NOW FOR SOMEONE TO COME FORWARD AND TELL WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT THE MURDER OF MEMPHIS BUSINESSMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST GLENN COFIELD. AND IF A SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY WON’T DO THE TRICK, PERHAPS $26 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO CASH WILL. THAT’S THE REWARD AMOUNT MEMPHIS CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE KILLER’S ARREST. THIS BEING MEMPHIS, IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR PEOPLE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF A HEINOUS CRIME TO SIT ON THE INFORMATION – EITHER OUT OF FEAR, LOYALTY OR INDIFFERENCE. BUT COLD CASH HAS A WAY OF LOOSENING LIPS. AND I BELIEVE IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE A SUSPECT IS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. BECAUSE AS BAD AS THE CRIME PROBLEM IS IN MEMPHIS, WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS LEVEL OF DEADLY VIOLENCE TO BE TREATED AS HO- HUM. COFIELD WAS GUNNED DOWN IN A CHURCH PARKING LOT AFTER ATTENDING A CHARITY EVENT WITH HIS WIFE. YES, HE WAS A PERSON OF MEANS WHO HAD A HEART FOR HELPING THE COMMUNITY. BUT EVEN IF HE HAD BEEN A BLUE- COLLAR WORKER WHO NEVER COLLECTED A DIME FOR CHARITY, HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE PICKED AT RANDOM BY A WOULD-BE ARMED ROBBER AND SHOT TO DEATH. NO ONE DOES. THAT’S WHY CRIME STOPPERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BUDDY CHAPMAN WENT BEFORE THE NEWS MEDIA TUESDAY TO PLEAD FOR HELP. MEMPHIS IS BETTER THAN THIS – EVEN IF IT TAKES $26 THOUSAND DOLLARS – TO PROVE IT. AND THAT’S MY POINT OF VIEW. I’M OTIS SANFORD, FOR LOCAL 24 NEWS. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR COFIELD WERE RELEASED TODAY. VISITATION WILL BEGIN AT 10:30 SATURDAY MORNING.. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL FOLLOW AT 12:00. BOTH WILL BE HELD AT INDEPENDENT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN MEMPHIS.

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