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September 17, 2012

Alan King is shown. (Silent Witness)

Police were left asking questions after an apparent murder on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

"Thirty-three-year-old Alan King was just walking in the parking lot of his apartment complex near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road just before 10 a.m.," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch.

It happened at the Desert Place Apartment Homes.

"A dark-colored vehicle ran him over", said Burch. "What was significant about this crime is that the vehicle was speeding up as if it was intentionally trying to run him over -- maybe a targeted event."

King didn't survive. All police know is that it was a dark-colored sedan, possibly dark blue or dark green.

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Carlos Painter is shown. (Silent Witness)
Another case investigators need help with goes way back to Oct. 2, 1994. It was just past midnight.

"Sixteen-year-old Carlos Paynter was standing in front of his house in the area of 41st Avenue and McDowell when two vehicles drove by and shots were fired from one of the vehicles, killing Carlos," said Burch.

It's not known which vehicle the shots came from or if the two vehicles were together. One was a white truck, the other an older model Chevy Impala.

Burch hopes that because so much time has passed, someone will now be willing to talk.

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More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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