Violent crime in Tennessee drops in 2020, according to TBI
Glenn Cofield was shot while leaving a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It’s been two years since Houston Cofield’s father, philanthropist Glenn Cofield, was murdered after returning from a fundraiser in St. Jude.
“I think you don’t realize how vulnerable you are until you get hit,” Cofield said.
Memphis Police said the shooting took place during an attempted robbery. With several leads and no results, Cofield hopes his father’s case will always be resolved.
“I think it would bring some closure,” Cofield said. “Obviously that doesn’t bring my father back to knowing who murdered him but certainly we would like to see the case closed and see someone arrested and held responsible.”
the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports a 5% drop in violent crimes, such as rape and murder, from 2019 to 2020. Although it may be down in Tennessee, homicides in Memphis continue to rise with at least 161 so far this year.
“I think there is a lot of violence in the city that is going unchecked and I think our police force is overwhelmed with it,” Cofield said.
Memphis and Shelby County Crime Stoppers even doubled their reward from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 for effective advice to encourage people to come up with answers to these homicides.
The Crime Stoppers reward for Cofield’s murder is $ 26,000 through private donations. Cofield said while we are all aware of the crime in Memphis, he would not take his safety for granted.
“Definitely just a heightened sense of awareness of your own personal safety,” Cofield said.
For any homicide in Memphis and Shelby County, such as Cofield, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.