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Murder for money that wasn't there

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Antonio Martin wanted to be a successful rapper. He was one of the original members of the Three 6 Mafia years before they won an Oscar for the score of the movie "Hustle and Flow."

In October of 1997 he was a struggling young artist working at a fast food restaurant but that didn't stop someone from trying to rob him and his sister for the money they didn't have.


"All these years, I never wanted to talk about it because it hurts," said Katictrese Taylor, sister.

Sixteen years ago Taylor woke up to a gunman, pistol-whipping her and demanding money.

"I knew it wasn't a dream because he kept beating me with this pistol in my face," she recalled. "He was asking me for the money and I was like, I don't have any money."

Police believe at least two gunman wearing stocking masks broke into the National Street apartment Taylor shared with her young brother.

Seconds before they broke down the door Martin ran inside a neighbor's house to call 9-1-1. The teenager stepped back outside to check on his sister, only to meet those who had been terrorizing her.

"He was talking on the phone to the dispatch at the time he gets shot and they hear the gun shots," said Memphis Police Sgt. Bill Ashton. "He is on the phone calling the police. Do they want to silence him before they get what they want and get a way."

No money, but what they got away with is murder of Martin and the assault of his sister. Police believe the suspects mistakenly thought she had been given some cash from a boyfriend in jail.

"They decided, well the boyfriend is out of the picture, he is not there. She is an easy mark so let's go there and take that money," Sgt. Ashton said.

Martin's mother Sharon said she has waited but is not surrendered hope that her son's killers will eventually get caught.

"I am still asking for answers and I am not giving up until I found out something because somebody knows," she said.

After 16 years, investigators believe someone will call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH with information that will lead to an arrest.

Not closure but healing for a family still in mourning.

"I lost my brother, my friend," Taylor said. "We did everything. It just really affected me."

Police believe the getaway car used in the killing was a brown Cadillac. It was last seen entering the apartment complex and then leaving minutes after the shooting.

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