A $3,500 cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or arrests in the shooting death of a Greenwood man last year.

Walter Stewart Jr.

Stewart 

“Walter Stewart Jr. was a loving son, brother, father,” said Mary Stewart, a younger sister of the victim. “A tragedy like that and nobody’s been arrested.”

Walter Stewart’s body was discovered by a fisherman at Sidon Cutoff lake, 3 miles southwest of Sidon, on March 12, 2019. He was 54. He is survived by a wife, eight children and 12 siblings.

He was shot multiple times before his body was dumped into the lake, Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said at the time. Banks said Stewart had been staying at a motel in Greenwood.

On Monday, Banks said the case is still under investigation.

Anyone with pertinent information may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Mike Johnson, a detective with the Greenwood Police Department and coordinator of the  Crime Stoppers program, said anyone who places a tip via Crime Stoppers can receive a payment up to $1,000 should the tip lead to one or more arrests.

He said anyone interested in the reward money must call the tip line. Callers are guaranteed anonymity.

Mary Stewart said that the reward in this case has been raised to $3,500 thanks to a donor. She said a detective from the Sheriff's Department had told her the donation was made anonymously.

Walter Stewart was born and raised in Greenwood. He was a kickboxer who participated in matches in cities across the country, such as New York and Chicago, and even abroad in Montreal.

After suffering several strokes beginning in 2017 or 2018, he became partially disabled and had to walk with a cane, said another sister, Iola Stewart.

He spent time living in Greenwood with her or another sister, Lucille, she said.

Mary Stewart said she last saw her brother in person about a week before his body was found.

Iola Stewart recalled that she last saw him Feb. 15, 2019, when he was staying with her.

She said she had to be hospitalized when her flu turned into pneumonia and she became unconscious. When she awoke days later, in March, she found out that her brother had been killed.

Mary Stewart said her brother was staying at the Regency Inn & Suites motel, along U.S. 82 West, for a few nights. 

“Walter, he was an outstanding person in the community, and he was known around the world,” said Iola, who recalled that their mother once spotted  him on TV during a kickboxing match.

She said he received a monthly disability check and was known to carry large amounts of cash on him and suspected that someone may have been interested in collecting his money.

“Anybody, they can be in these same shoes,” she said. “This could be your life. We want closure. We need closure.”

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

The original version of this article incorrectly reported it was Sheriff Ricky Banks who told Mary Stewart an anonymous donor raised the reward to $3,500. It also misstated that she did not know what motel Walter Stewart Jr. stayed at prior to his death. 

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