Trackdown: Help find Simon Tegegne's killers

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This week, Dallas police need help to track down the people behind a murder in standstill traffic in the middle of rush hour.

20-year-old Simon Tegegne was killed November 8 in the 1700 block Haskell at Ross Avenue. He was a passenger in a blue 300 Chrysler. The rain that day made the streets slick while 5 p.m. rush hour made the traffic thick.

Surveillance video shows the blue Chrysler driving down Haskell in the far right lane closest to the new construction. A witness took a picture of the shooter’s car, a red Chevy Traverse in the left lane with fake plates.

“Two Latin males get out of the car, come through traffic and just start shooting into the car passenger side,” explained Dallas Police Dt. Tommy Railey.

The shooters continued firing inside the Chrysler as the desperate driver looked for a way out of the traffic trap.

“The driver of the car cut his wheels and came across three lanes of traffic into a parking lot, where it struck a vehicle and left the location,” Railey said.

The driver of the Chrysler drove more than four miles from East Dallas all the way to the Queen City neighborhood in South Dallas. Police say the driver left his friend, Tegegne, dead in the passenger seat in the 3900 block of Diamond.

Detective Railey needs to know who the afternoon attackers are that killed Tegegne.

“Those guys, the way they did that I’ve never seen in my 13 years in homicide, I’ve never seen someone just so brazenly out in the open do what they did,” the detective said.

Railey also wants to find out who was behind the wheel of the Chrysler that carried Tegegne.

“They obviously did something very wrong that pissed them off made them mad. He knows who they are, and he needs to come talk to me and say, ‘Hey, this is what I did,’” he said. “Simon didn’t deserve to be shot and killed. He needs to come talk to me and tell me what happened.”

The detective also wants anyone who has video or images of the Nov. 8 shooting in broad daylight to come forward.

“You can’t tell me that at five o’clock on Haskell Avenue and Ross with all the cars that are around there that someone else didn’t get a better picture of those two suspects, a snapshot or something. It just blows my mind,” Railey said.

A reward is being offered for information about the shooters and the driver of the 300 Chrysler. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-8477.

For several of the cold cases, police are hanging their hopes for an arrest in the public's eyes and surveillance video. They are now turning to FOX 4's Shaun Rabb to help ‘Trackdown' the criminals.


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