New York State In-depth

Tyler Lewis stabs Death at University at Buffalo

Roquishia Lewis has hired a private investigator and is offering a $4,000 reward for information related to her son’s alleged murder.

BUFFALO, NY — It’s been a little over three months since Tyler, son of Roquishia Lewis, was stabbed to death at the University of Buffalo and she’s still awaiting answers.

“My life has just been shattered because of this senseless crime and I feel hopeless at this point,” she said.

On October 14, Tyler — a sophomore at Buffalo State — was allegedly murdered while visiting UB’s campus.

College police and prosecutors have since investigated the case, and although a white male in his late teens or early 20s has been identified as a person of interest, no arrests have been made.

“They told me there are no cameras, no witnesses, no answers,” Lewis said. “Four months later, it’s disheartening.”

Although UB police released a statement on Wednesday saying authorities are actively investigating Tyler’s case and have had regular contact with the family, his mother says she has hardly heard from them.

“That’s a slap in the face. It hurts. I cannot mourn. They won’t allow me,” she said. “No. Lying. Just arrest someone. You know who it is.”

Lewis was frustrated by what she believes to be inaction from local authorities, prompting her to take matters into her own hands. She hired a private investigator last week and traveled from her home on Long Island to the UB campus on Sunday to distribute flyers to students on move-in day before the spring semester.

Lewis said she hopes the flyers would alert parents to the potential danger that still lurks out there on UB’s campus, as the suspect is still at large. They also state that she would offer a $4,000 reward for any information that could lead to an arrest.

But she’s still left without justice and with a hole in her heart — one the Buffalo community is trying to help her fill.

“It’s the only thing that keeps me going,” Lewis said of the support she’s received from the Buffalo community. “Otherwise I don’t know where I would be.”

2 On Your Side reached out to the district attorney’s office for comment, but did not immediately respond to requests.

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