A year later, no new leads in PHX teen's death

Posted at 9:52 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 19:54:04-05

It's been one year since a Phoenix teenager was shot and killed and police are asking for the public's help in identifying any suspects.

Alan "AJ" Hoover was shot and gravely injured on Jan. 7, 2015 at a home near Cactus Road and 24th Street. He died at the hospital.

Phoenix police said back then that the circumstances of how the teenager was shot wasn't entirely clear. It's believed that there were multiple teens in the room when the shooting occurred.

A year after her brother's murder, Lauren Hoover is still searching for answers.

"We just kind of expected to have answers by now so the last half of the year has been a lot harder than the first year," said Lauren.

Lauren was working in St. Louis when she got the phone call from her dad.

"I just always remember his smile. He had this big toothy grin," said Hoover.

Lauren says the family has taken A.J.'s death very hard. Hoover's father took his life after a battle with depression.

"I want this person to realize that if they hadn't killed my brother my dad would still be alive too," said Lauren.

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding A.J.'s death.

Police interviewed people at the home but so far have no motive or suspects.

Authorities are hoping to get Hoover's picture out there and generate new leads in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. You can remain anonymous.