Crime Stoppers Report: Paralyzed man found strangled and stabbed

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police still need your help in solving the mysterious case of a paralyzed grandfather found strangled and stabbed in his vehicle.

Just one month before his death, at the age of 66, William Boykin was baptized.

His younger brother Paul, a pastor at a local church, performed the ceremony.

“He was getting his life right, just like we all are when we get to this age,” Paul Boykin said.

But on the morning of December 22, Boykin’s body was found in his minivan, parked at the back of an abandoned lot on Ferguson Avenue in Dayton.

Investigators said he was stabbed multiple times, and had a ligature tied around his neck.

“We never thought something like this would happen,” said Boykin. “Like I said, it had to be someone he knew, he trusted. Becaues he just didn’t associate with anybody. It had to be someone he knew.”

Family members say surgery on Boykin’s back a few years ago left him paralyzed and it seemed people often tried to prey on his handicap.

“We don’t have a lot of information right now to go on,” Crime Stoppers Det. Cayce Cantrell reports. “So if anybody has any information, perhaps they saw the vehicle or saw who he had been with December 21 and 22, please call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.”

You can also submit your tip online at, Or text it to “tip 400” followed by your message to “crimes”, or 274-637.

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