Fundraiser to raise reward on Steve Toms murder

By Brittany Dionne - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – More than $10,000 has been raised in two weeks by the family of a slain jewelry store  manager. The money will go into a reward fund to catch the killer but they are not stopping there.

Duffy's overflowed Saturday with live music, food, and supporters, all with one resolve.  The event was to raise money as a reward to anyone who can help find who fatally shot Steve Toms.

Toms was found murdered on November 16 at the Gold and Silver Trading Center located at Reese Road and Gentian Boulevard. He was last seen alive the day before around 5 p.m. Autopsy reports show he was shot multiple times and died from gunshot wounds to the head, neck and chest.

Toms 's daughter Robin Sanders greeted every attendee with a smile and warmth. Although happy about the community support, Sanders says she wants to know why.

"I really just want to know why, what was so horrible in their life that they wanted to take my father from me and my daughter. He was very good to me and my daughter and to all his friends. They loved him like family."

Many of Toms' friends say he was one in a million. "He's the kind of guy that if you called him and just mentioned you had a problem, he would show up and you didn't expect him to but he would be there for you no matter what, "said Ryan Dorrity.

Local businesses donated hundreds of dollars worth of prizes to the cause. Supporters helped by buying raffle tickets and t-shirts.

His friends were in awe at the amount of support, "The turnout is overwhelming, the prizes that we've had were all donated. It's absolutely overwhelming we were so surprised that so many people care that much," said Dick Smith, a long time friend of Toms'.

The family is hoping to raise $25,000 in reward money through the benefit.  Big Woody and the Splinters are one of ten bands and countless businesses that have donated to the cause. Grammy Award winning artist like JoJo Benson and the mighty clouds of joy came out to show their support.

"I felt like that we needed to be here to support this cause as well, we think that everybody should come out and be a part of this, because it's very important we have to stop this kind of thing from happening," said Michael Mccowen.

Once the $25,000 mark is met the money will be offered as a reward to the person that can help solve this case.  If you have any information please contact Columbus Police.

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