Toledo teen's 1998 murder remains a cold case, Family still grieving 15 years later

Timmy Toyer poses for a photo before his murder in 1998.

It's been nearly 15 years since 18-year-old Timothy "Timmy" Toyer was gunned down in a Toledo alley and still no one has been convicted of his murder.

"I miss him just like it was yesterday. People keep telling me I should have forgot about it by now, but how can you forget something that hasn't been solved? How can you heal when the wound is still infected?" Arthur Toyer says of his son's 1998 shooting death.

On the evening of August 30th, Timmy Toyer was last seen alive walking along the 3300 block of Glenwood.

The teen was with a friend when a vehicle drove up along-side both of them.

Police say that's when someone, in the vehicle, said something to Timmy and then shot him.

Investigators have said the comment, made to Toyer, referenced a gang.

Although authorities have always said that Timmy was not affiliated with a gang, Toyer's mother believes the gang connection to Timmyâ??s murder was one of several factors that kept public interest in his case low.

"[People] don't pay much attention to black on black crime," Shirley Toyer said.

Instead, she and Timmy's father have done their best to let the community to know who their son really was, an aspiring musician and ambitious personality.

"He was a good singer, he was in the church choir and he loved the lord," Arthur Toyer said.

"He was always about business, he always wanted to be a business person," Shirley Toyer added.

In fact, Toyer was such a motivated person that after wrapping up a summer job, he quickly landed another gig.

Timmy planned to work at a packaging plant while completing his senior year at Start High School.

But, Toyer would not get to do either of those things and his family would bury the teen days before school started.

"There isn't anything we can do to bring Timmy back, I know, but I would like some justice done on his behalf," Arthur Toyer told WNWO.

Days after the murder, Toledo Police would make an arrest in the case.

19-year old Mark Ulis was charged with Timmy's murder, but immediately Toyer's family had their doubts about UIisâ?? involvement.

"His grandmother called me on the phone and said he was the wrong guy, but he knew who did it," Shirley Toyer revealed.

Unfortunately no one, not even Ulis, would come forward with the gunman's name.

So, in 1999 Ulis was tried for Toyer's murder but was acquitted.

Toyerâ??s mother says their family still gets tips on who killed her son.

â??Itâ??s not concrete things. Itâ??s just somebody tells you this is what might have happened,â?? Shirley Toyer said.

That information has only amounted to rumors, so far, but his family still hopes the leads will keep coming in until Timmy Toyerâ??s murder is solved.

If you have any information on Timothy â??Timmyâ?? Toyerâ??s murder you are asked to call Toledo Police or to make an anonymous tip by calling Crimestoppers at 419-255-1111.