Video released, reward offered in Camden drive-thru murder

CAMDEN, N.J. - July 27, 2013

"He played football, he played wrestling, track, he was a very good artist, he enjoyed spending time with his family," said Mary Cushion.

Cushion asked for her face not to be shown while talking about her son, Alvin, who was known as Tyree.

She says just before 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 2nd, Tyree and his uncle went to get something to eat on the 2400 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden.

That's when the unthinkable happens, and it's caught on video.

"They were at Popeye's ordering food and as they were in the drive thru this car-van pulled up and the guy got out of the van, which is on the video, and he shoots into the car," said Cushion.

24-year-old Tyree and his uncle were both shot. His uncle survived, Tyree did not.

"No mother or father wants to bury their child," said Cushion.

A few weeks before Tyree's murder, another one of his uncles was killed, prompting his mother to express her concern to him.

"He said 'Mom don't worry, you won't bury me, I will bury you,' and two weeks later I was burying my son," said Cushion.

Tyree's family believes the shooting stemmed from a fight that happened six month earlier.

Investigators say the video leads them to believe that Tyree was the intended target.

"It's cold blooded, there's no hesitation and it's clear the victim was targeted," said Jason Laughlin, Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

The video isn't enough, investigators need someone to come forward to identify the suspect.

"Being able to catch something on video is a huge help but it doesn't solve the case. You still need to be able to put a name to that face," said Laughlin.

The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call 215-546-TIPS (8477). All calls will remain anonymous.

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