Detroit musician's murder sparks outrage

Community mourns Anthony Tolson, who was father of 3

By Guy Gordon - Reporter/Anchor

DETROIT - Nearly two dozen pastors were joined by musicians from across Detroit who were fresh from Sunday night's jam session in Anthony Tolson's honor.

They called on the community to sing loudly with information on the father of three's murder and to break their silence.

"We want you to stand up and we want you to speak up," said Edgar Vann, of the Second Ebenezer Baptist Church. "This is the time. Now is the place. And we're here to say in one collective voice to say, 'This is it. Enough is enough."

Musician Joe Smith spoke up against the "no-snitch" culture which has plagued Detroit neighborhoods.

"That culture has not benefited us at all. Let's change the culture. You know, it's sad that this is the occasion that has brought us together, but at the same time we can use this as a moment to grow and to learn, and to change things," said Smith.

Tolson's killer's remain at-large. Detroit police have released surveillance video from a party store at Gratiot Avenue and State Fair.

"The one suspect who was wearing what appeared to be a light-colored top, he's the one I referenced who had a very distinctive (walk) that certainly is probably unique to him, so someone can identify him," said Craig.

Tolson's son went to the services on Sunday to be closer to his dad.

"At about midway through the service his son walked in, and to see him looking around the corner trying to see if his dad was over there playing the bass was a very somber moment in our church," said Robert Bolden, pastor at Tolson's church.

Anyone with information on this murder can call Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAK-UP. Callers can remain anonymous.

How to help:

A GoFundMe (click here) has been set up for Tolson's funeral expenses and for his three young children.

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