Family pleads for help to solve murder of 24-year-old USF student

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The family of a University of South Florida student who was murdered in Tampa in April is pleading for the public’s help in finding his killer.

Tampa police say on April 29, James Gorham, 24, was shot and killed near the 2400 Block of East Columbus Drive in Tampa. Police say Gorham was in Ybor City before his death.

Gorham was enrolled at the University of South Florida, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. His family is speaking to 8 On Your Side and hopes that someone with information will come forward.

Tina Gorham describes her son as fun loving, kind and genuine.

Tina Gorham and her son James Gorham.

“If you were down he would do whatever to make you happy,” Gorham said.

James was Gorham’s oldest child. She says education was always important to her son.

“When he had an obstacle, there was never a problem, just solutions,” Gorham said. “As a mother to lose your child it’s devastating, it’s horrendous, it’s unimaginable how you feel.”

Gorham was in Ybor before he was murdered. His mom believes somebody knows something, and she just wants answers.

“We stay in prayer and I know we will find who did this to him,” Gorham said. “It’s been really hard for us, we’re waiting, we need answers from the public.”

If anyone has information regarding this case, contact a detective at 813-276-3231 or Crimestoppers of Tampa Bay at 800-873-TIPS.

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