unsolved Wayne Humphrey murder

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – A man’s 2021 murder case remains unsolved as law enforcement and family members are still searching for answers.

Wayne Humphrey died after being shot on Brooks Avenue on March 18, 2021.

“People need to come forward, people need to speak up and say what they saw because someone saw something that day,” Heather Philikon said.

Philikon is Humphrey’s sister and contacted WATE in hopes of keeping her brother’s case alive.

Knoxville police responded to a shooting on the 2900 block of Brooks Avenue. They found Humphrey inside a house with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It has now been two years since any leads have been reported. However, investigators say a person was seen driving away from the scene on a motorbike with a child on the back.

Humphrey attended Midview High School, was a Cub Scout, and was a football player. His hobbies were fishing, cooking and spending time with his family, according to the obituary.

Humphrey was also known as a kind person who “gave anyone the shirt off their back”, according to family and friends.

His family said he was best known for his strong faith in God.

Statement from Philikon to the person who killed his brother:

“You took my brother, you took my mother’s son, you took an uncle, a father, a grandfather, a cousin, I just don’t understand.”

Humphrey’s family and friends are hoping for justice.

The investigation is still ongoing and East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers encourages anyone with information about the case to contact them.

He is one of 80 men murdered in Knoxville since 2004 whose cases remain unsolved.


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