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An Oregon man attending a family reunion in Tacoma died days after detectives say he was attacked by several suspects. Now, Lakewood Police need your help putting the pieces together to figure out who’s behind Tony Bowers’ murder.

On July 18, Bowers was attacked by four men after leaving his family reunion to get food. They think it happened somewhere between the Walmart on Bridgeport Way and Manitou Park on 66th Street in Tacoma. He told his family he had been assaulted but didn't go into details. He had bruising and injuries to his head. His mom says that after the assault that her son went back to the party and acted like nothing was wrong. She says no one there could tell he was hurt.

“He’s kind of a private guy. He’s macho, didn’t want to say anything, you know, but on the way back driving he thought maybe it was his medicine, getting headaches and getting dizzy,” said Sharon Mrokowski.

Mrokowski said her son was rushed to the hospital days later in Oregon, and had multiple surgeries to remove multiple brain clots.

“His fiancé still had lots of hope,” Mrokowski said. “She worked at the hospital, hoped it would turn around, we kind of knew, it was really serious.”

Mrokowski said her son died soon after. Now, Lakewood Police need your help finding Tony’s attackers.

“We’re not sure what happened to Tony in that hour and a half that he may have been gone from Manitou Park and Walmart to back,” said Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler. “Did he stop anywhere? Did he get involved in a fight? We really just don’t know those details, but we’re hoping the public would either remember seeing his vehicle parked somewhere, saw him at a convenience store, maybe saw a fight, but we have nothing that was reported, so we’re really wondering what happened to Tony.”

His family needs answers as well. Tony’s mom is doing all she can do, pleading to the public to share anything they know about the attack.

“It would mean a lot to all of us to know. It’s not going to bring him back, I know that nothing’s going to, but just to know," she said.

If you know anything about Bowers’ attackers or if you think you saw his teal 2003 BMW or anything on July 18 in the area between Manitou Park and the Lakewood Walmart just before 5 p.m. that can help solve his murder, call an anonymous tip into Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477). There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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