This December marks 8 years since a valley man was burned alive.
The heinous crime was never solved because of a lack of evidence.
Phoenix police are revisiting the case in hopes it will trigger someone to come forward with crucial information.
On December 25th 2007, around 5:30 p.m., the Phoenix Police Department responded to an emergency call in the area of Cactus and 43rd Street for a deadly incident right outside of a shopping center restaurant.
“When officers arrived, as far as we know, Erin was alive and he was transported to the hospital to the burn center, but he did succumb to his injuries at a later time,” said Detective Kim Bates with Silent Witness.
Detective Bates says the victim was the 36-year-old man named Aaron Taylor. He had been set on fire.
“Because he was suffering from some unknown issue, he would consistently go back to that area,” Bates said.
Investigators believe Taylor was with a group of males ages 16 to 19, possibly at a nearby park Aaron frequented when things took a turn for the worse.
“Maybe started as a prank just kind of harassing a homeless person but then it turned very deadly.”
Aaron's family is hopeful, almost 8 years later, someone who knows something will come forward to help detectives solve this crime.”
“We’re hoping that maybe somebody that had a little less involvement in the intent of this crime is going to come forward…that given some time they need to clear their conscious,” Bates says.
Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-Witness. Any information that leads to an arrest could result in an award up to $1,000.