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Montgomery mom raising money for reward in son's murder


For those who knew and loved Atrivius Perry, the past two years have been painful. His mother, Tonya Watkins Perry, is desperate for answers. She is determined to find answers in her son's murder is hoping reward money will break the case wide open and help lead police to his killers.

"No justice, no peace. Every time I talk to the detectives they tell me they're working," she told WSFA 12 News.

A vigil was held Friday night in Montgomery on North Decatur Street for Perry on the second anniversary of his death.

On June 6, 2012, he was shot and killed as he walked into his home on Traction Avenue, near Lower Wetumpka Road. His family says intruders were there waiting for him and had his girlfriend tied up.

"He went to go in the house only to be greeted by a stranger who asked to give it up and he just turned to run and when he did that, they shot him down," his mother said.

In the wake of Perry's death,  Tonya Watkins Perry started a support group called "We Cry Too" that meets once a month for families dealing with loss.

She also started a reward fund. She feels a hefty reward will breathe new life in her son's murder case- incentive for someone with information to come forward. She's sold candy and donuts and now t-shirts in an effort to raise money.

"We hope that the money will loosen their lips. Somebody needs to tell and if it takes money to loosen their lips, that's what we want to do. We want them to tell us who did it. This mother and his sister have been grieving. It's hard- your only son shot in the back coming home. He didn't have a weapon. He didn't have drugs. He wasn't drunk. He was entering his home and his girlfriend was already tied up and when he saw the intruders in his home, he turned to run and they just shot him," said family friend, Cubie Rae Hayes.

"He didn't deserve to be gunned down and murdered in the way they did him... I feel like if he had a reward, somebody will say something because I know they know. They're just afraid to tell. I need justice for my son. That's my only son," Perry's mother added.

She is hoping to raise $10,000 to give to the person who provides a break in the case and helps lead to an arrest or conviction.

To donate to the reward fund or place a t-shirt order, contact C&T Auto Sales on North Decatur Street at 334-322-0012. Perry's mother is owner and operator of the business.

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