Mother of Shooting Victim Hopes Someone Steps Forward

Police offering reward for information

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    An Arlington family is hoping someone will come forward four months after their son was gunned down on a Fort Worth freeway.

    Tarez McGowan was on his way home to his pregnant girlfriend but never made it.

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    An Arlington family is hoping someone will come forward with information in a deadly highway shooting back in July. (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011)

    "I would like justice for my son," said McGowan's mother, Ownika.

    It has been a tough four months for her, his younger brother and pregnant girlfriend.

    "I just take days, day by day," Ownika said.

    Tarez left a friend's house in Arlington the night of July 7, but never made it home to his south Fort Worth home.

    "From [Interstate] 20 to 35 south, some where in between there, someone shot into his car and killed him," said Ownika.

    Fort Worth Police say Tarez was likely fired upon while on the freeway. A passing motorist called 911 to report a minor accident just after midnight July 8. Officers found Tarez's 1992 Ford Crown Victoria up against the center median between Everman Parkway and Risinger Road. Tarez was hit multiple times. His mother said he was hit in the pelvic region.

    Fort Worth Police have looked into several leads from that night, but hope more people might step forward with information.

    "Whether they've seen somebody, heard somebody talk, please contact the Fort Worth Police Department," said Sgt. Pedro Criado. He asked those looking to call to contact the department's non-emergency number or Crime Stoppers at (817)-469-TIPS.

    Ownika knows that finding those responsible for her son's death won't bring him back. But she hopes that when people hear about the kind of person he was, someone will do the right thing and speak up.

    "He was just a regular man trying to find his way, getting himself together, having a baby, trying to go back to school, get an education," Ownika said. "And someone took his life."

    Fort Worth Police is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. On a reward flier the department says that people can remain anonymous.