No leads found in students’ murders

Police are still searching for leads in the Tallahassee double homicide of Jamila Byers and Bryan Dyson.

The bodies of Byers, a FAMU student, and Dyson, a Tallahassee Community College student were found in a car parked next to a Dumpster outside of the Prince Murat Motel last week.

Byers, 21, a senior education student from Miami, was found with Dyson, 22, and a live dog at the motel located at the intersection of N. Monroe and Meridian Road.

When contacted to speak about the incident, motel employees declined comment, but said in a Sept. 15 Tallahassee Democrat article that they noticed a black sedan parked at the Calhoun St. entrance to the motel.

The Tallahassee Police Department ruled Thursday that the two victims had been shot to death.

In a report by WCTV, Tallahassee Police Spokesperson Stewart Clendinen said, “We don’t know who did it. We don’t know if they died (at the motel.) We don’t know where they died. We are treating this as a homicide and the homicide-assault unit is investigating all possible leads.”

Byers’ mother, Vanessa Byers, president of FAMU’s Miami-Dade alumni chapter and co-author of the online petition to oust President Gainous, declined comment at press time.

In a statement made Friday by Gainous he said, “The entire Florida A&M University family is deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life. We want to express our deepest sympathy to the Byers family and will support them in every way possible as we all mourn the death of Miss Jamila Byers.”

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