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July 6, 2009

PHOENIX – Phoenix police need the public’s help finding the killer(s) of 29-year-old Steward Bryant.

Bryant’s cousin, Natasha Saenz, says he had arrived in Phoenix less than a week before his murder took place, looking for a summer job.

He was going back to school in his hometown of Farmington, New Mexico to be a control operator so he could work at power plants like his dad.

“We loved him a lot and this is still hard to believe,” Saenz told KTAR’s Jayme West. “He liked to play basketball and he was very much into sports. He was very competitive and a very fun-loving person. He loved family time with his family and friends.”

Saenz says Stewart was also relearning his native Navajo language. He was the youngest of three children and relished being the baby.

“Every time he would go to my aunt’s house and to our house, we would always make him his favorite food with this Indian fried bread. Everybody spoiled him and everybody liked him, he always liked to laugh and make jokes.”

On June 5, he was at a local bar, which was Charlie’s at 7th Avenue and Camelback Road, and that was the last time anyone had seen him.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch says at 3 a.m. the next morning, Bryant’s body was found.

“He was stabbed to death and found just south of that location at 7th Avenue and Camelback Road,” said Burch. “The detective has no clues in this investigation and absolutely needs the community’s assistance. The victim was only in the city for such a short period of time that we don’t know of any inner-circle that could be responsible. So, we have no information whatsoever on this crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.