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Phoenix police looking for killer of young woman in 2011

May 3, 2021, 10:45 AM | Updated: 11:06 am
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This article originally appeared April 18, 2016.

It was about 2 a.m. on Feb. 27, 2011, when 22-year-old Alexcia Salsberry was heading home from a party.

“She and a female friend were driving in the area of 51st Avenue and McDowell (Road) when they got into some kind of disagreement and pulled off the road into a parking lot,” Phoenix Police homicide Sgt. Eric Lumley said.

Salsberry got out of the passenger side and walked around the back of a building to cool off. Her friend drove around and found her. They made up and Salsberry got back into the vehicle. At that point, Salsberry’s friend said a guy drove up beside them.

“She’d never seen this person before,” Lumley said. “She said he made some kind of inquiry asking if they were all right and if they needed help. They responded that they were fine.

“He then fired one round from a handgun into the vehicle.”

Alexcia Salsberry (Silent Witness Photo)

The bullet struck Salsberry, killing her.

Lumley said there were people getting gas at the nearby Circle-K who, like Salsberry’s friend, described a white or light-colored SUV. Another person said it was a pickup.

Either way, everyone agrees it was a light color, full-sized vehicle.

Lumley said police know there was a lone suspect in this case.

“Obviously, he has friends and family he could have talked to and they know about what happened.  We’re hoping they’ll make an anonymous call to Silent Witness with that information.”

“Obviously, he has friends and family he could have talked to and they know about what happened,” Lumley said. “We’re hoping they’ll make an anonymous call to Silent Witness with that information.”

Read more about the case here.

A composite sketch of the suspect. (Silent Witness Photo) The suspect vehicle is shown. (Silent Witness Photo) The victim, Alexcia Salsberry, is shown. (Silent Witness Photo)

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Phoenix police looking for killer of young woman in 2011