Crime Stoppers seeking tips in unsolved murders of two young men in Cleveland

CLEVELAND-- Police are turning to FOX News 8 in an attempt to get justice for two families.

Rewards are now offered to solve two murder cases, Scottie Thornton’s, who was killed in July, and James See Howard, whose body was found in December 2011.

“Crime on the streets is getting vicious and we need to get the killers off the streets,” said retired Cleveland Police Cpt. Richard McIntosh, who is now working with Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County.

Up to $2,500 is being offered in both cases for information that leads to the arrest and indictments of those responsible.

“We have no suspects at this time,” said William Jelenic, of Crime Stoppers. “We know someone knows something and we need them to call.”

Jelenic said 21-year-old Thornton, a 2012 Shaw High School graduate, planned to continue his college studies this fall at Ashland University and play football. But he never got the chance.

Police said Thornton was shot and killed on Cleveland’s east side on July 24. His family said they believes the shooting may have happened during a robbery.

Detectives are still looking for Thornton’s 2003 Blue Saab.

Veronica Howard says she is praying for Thornton’s family and hoping someone will come forward to help solve her son’s case.

“I will never let his memory go,” Hoard said of her son, who was killed when he was 25.

James See Howard Jr. was killed near East 110th Street on Dec. 24, 2011.

“You have his clothes, you have his memory but I don’t have him,” said Howard, as she wiped away the tears from her face. “A mother should not have to bury her children.”

Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463 or you can go to the website and submit a tip online. All information is confidential and you can remain anonymous.