On Tuesday, the Mobile Police Department announced it had given a $5,000 reward to the anonymous tipster who provided information that helped solve the Oct. 18 murder of De’Launa Anderson.
Though the informant was not identified, police said the information they received led them to 18-year-old Antonio Lang and 16-year-old Iseral Hall, who were arrested in connection to Anderson’s death last week.
Police located Lang at Metro Jail on Dec. 1, where he was being held on an unrelated robbery charge. After questioning, Lang was charged with two counts of capital murder. Hall was later arrested and charged with a single count of felony murder.
“This senseless murder of a young mother who was traveling to work is a direct attack on
the safety of our entire community,” Mobile Police Chief James Barber said. “De’Launa was doing everything right to earn a living and raise her 5-year-old daughter.”
In the early hours of Oct. 18, Anderson was shot multiple times from outside her driver-side door at a stop sign on the I-10 West Service Road near Duval Street. While she was able to flee the scene and merge onto I-10 West, she succumbed to her gunshot wounds and wrecked her vehicle near Michigan Avenue.
The seemingly random nature of Anderson’s death caused a stir in the community and on social media — prompting candlelight vigils and a crowdfunded reward seeking information that could lead to the arrest of her killer.
This week, Barber gave credit to the community for their cooperation during the investigation and the MPD Homicide Unit for solving the case, which was one of an unusually high number of murders reported in the month of October.
“Let this case serve as an example that the MPD will not rest until it has brought to justice those who choose to harm others in our community,” Barber added.
Though concerns about a “rash of violence” have subsided, MPD is still working 10 other unsolved homicide cases from 2016. As with Anderson’s murder, anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in these other cases will be eligible for a $5,000 reward.
All rewards are paid without compromising a tipster’s anonymity, and information can be reported by calling the MPD at 251-208- 7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208- 7000 or via text at TIP573.
Below is a slideshow containing a synopsis and victim for each the 10 unsolved murders from 2016 that police have yet to solve: