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One Year Later, Family of Murdered Arlington Teen Pleading for Tips

It was a case that shook the Arlington community.

A beloved, outgoing 19-year-old went missing in December 2019. He was found dead just weeks after his disappearance.

Police say it was murder, but his killer still hasn’t been found.

A year later, his family is still searching for closure.

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“The past year has been honestly the most difficult year in my life,” said Van Lacey, Evan’s father. “We’ve had up and down moments. We just have been been there for one another.”

In this time, the family has been holding onto each other and onto the good memories of Evan.

“He was goofy at times. Very caring. Any time somebody needed to be uplifted, he wasn’t afraid to be that person to do so,” Van Lacey said.

Evan’s family has this message for anyone out there who might know anything.

“I just want everyone to think if it was you, if it was your relative, if it was your child — how would you feel?” said Van Lacey. “You would want someone to speak up. So I’m just begging, pleading for someone to speak up. Even if you feel as though it’s a minute new detail, nothing is too small. Everything helps. So please speak up for Evan, speak up for my family and speak up for justice.”

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If anyone has a tip to help solve this case, they can call Detective Coleman with Arlington Police at 817-459-5373. They can also leave anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County at 817-469-8477 (TIPS).

To this day, the family is still offering a $6,000 reward for any information into Evan Lacey’s murder.

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