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NBA player Matt Barnes uses social media to hunt suspected Sacramento killer of aunt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- NBA player Matt Barnes has taken to social media to find the suspected killer of his aunt, who was knifed on a Sacramento street:

"This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance. If you hv any info on his where abouts contact the #SacPD"

Barnes asked for help from his 262,000 followers on Twitter to find Michael Williams, 51, suspected of stabbing Tanganyika Williams, 48, on July 8. Barnes posted two pictures of Michael Williams, whom police describe as a transient.

Police say he may be hiding in the south Sacramento area near 24th Street and Florin Road. He is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with brown eyes and hair that is a little longer than shown in photos.

Family members say they believe Tanganyika Williams had gone to see Michael, her estranged husband, when she was stabbed.

She was found shortly before 8 a.m. July 8 on the sidewalk near 24th Street and Meadowview Road with a stab wound to the upper body and later died.

The Los Angeles Clippers forward's roots run deep in the Sacramento area, and he retains contact with his Sacramento relatives. He starred at Del Campo High School on the basketball court and the football field.

Taquita Lugo, the daughter of Tanganyika Williams, said that the post by her cousin has prompted many calls.

"Because he is famous and he posted my phone number, a lot of people have called just wanting to talk to him – or just see if somebody is going to pick up the phone," said Lugo.

However, she has gotten a couple of tips related to Michael Williams' possible whereabouts. The tips have been turned over to police.

"People have been seeing him since the very beginning," hanging out in the neighborhood, said Lugo, a Sacramento resident. "We know he is still here."

Oklahoma Department of Corrections online records indicate that Michael Williams was convicted of shooting with intent to kill on Feb. 6, 1992. He served about 13 years before being released in 2005.

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