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Portage County deputies renew call for tips in 2017 unsolved murder

Jayquan Tillman (Source: Family)
Jayquan Tillman (Source: Family)((Source: Family))
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 8:42 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 8:44 AM EDT
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PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Portage County Sheriff Deputies held a 10 a.m. news conference Monday to discuss updates to a 2017 unsolved murder investigation.

The victim’s mother was at the news conference, asking for witnesses to step forward.

“LaToya Williams, who is a grieving mother, wants justice for her child,” a Portage County deputy said.

Investigators said the 19-year-old college student, Jayquan Tillman, was shot and killed at a house party at State Route 43 in Franklin Township in May 2017.

According to deputies, there were several hundred people at the party. The shooting reportedly stemmed from in incident involving a person who stepped on someone else’s shoes.

“Someone has to come forward, someone knows something we don’t,” the deputy said.

Tillman, a student at Eastern Michigan University who was home on break, was shot inside the home and died at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center.

The sheriff’s office said that they have information on a group of interest, but they do not have enough evidence to pursue for prosecution.

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