TAMPA POLICE COLD CASE: Ryan McCall Murder, University of Tampa Track Star Killed

Ryan McCall (police issued photo)

It was a warm summer night, August 2009 when Ryan McCall and his friend Michael Harahan, were leaving a birthday party and walking home.  An ordinary night took an abrupt turn when the men were approached by an unknown gunman.  Police say Ryan and Michael never saw what was coming next when out the blue, the gunman began to pistol whip Michael.  Within a matter of seconds, investigators say the gunman turned on Ryan and fatally shoot him.      

Police say Ryan, was entering his senior year at the University of Tampa.  He was a track all star with a bright future.

To try and cope with their loss, Ryan’s family developed a scholarship fund to help future runners.  According to the Ryan McCall website, “McCall, who was a rising athlete and senior at the University of Tampa, was majoring in exercise science. He was a cross country and track runner as well as a coach at Tampa Prep. He was more than an athlete and scholar; he was a positive influence on all that knew him.  Ryan’s Run is a dedication to McCall and the ideals that he believed in. All the proceeds that are raised from the race will go towards a scholarship that will be given to a male and female hillsborough county high school student who share those same principles and work ethic that Ryan practiced. Please come support the Ryan McCall Memorial Fund and take part in the fun to help carry on the name and values of someone who was truly taken too soon.”

ryans runOne of the biggest clues in this case is a voicemail message.  Investigators believe the killer’s voice was caught on tape when Ryan’s friend was leaving a voicemail message for someone when they were approached.

There is a $51,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of Ryan.  Please call Tampa Police:  813.276.3571

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