Celebrity offers help in Birmingham murder cold case

By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Police and the family of Terrance West are hoping a new reward will bring answers in his murder case.

August 3rd, 2006 around 3am, the Woodlawn High School coach was found shot to death in the backseat of his rented car on Slayden Avenue.

Wednesday, West's friend, comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley, posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a suspect. The total reward money to $15,000. The governor's office had previously offered a 5,000 reward.

Smiley has known West since they were kids and the two are also fraternity brothers.

Smiley says his friend didn't deserve what happen to him.

"I just can't imagine what "T West" went through that night," said Smiley. "He didn't get to say goodbye to his parents and say good bye to his children."

"It's been four years later, it's just like yesterday to us. We haven't forgotten. If you are out there we beg you to turn yourself in."

Grace West has now lost two children to homicide. She says her daughter was murdered in May by her ex-boyfriend.

What police know about the night Terrance was killed is that he had returned home from a basketball camp with his players. And he went to visit someone West in Birmingham. That's when he was murdered.     

Call Birmingham Police if you know anything about this cold case.

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