The Board of Supervisors offered or renewed rewards today in the unsolved homicides of a 38-year-old mother who died protecting her family in unincorporated Westmont and a man whose body was found on the Altadena Crest Trail.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended offering a $10,000 reward for information on whoever fatally shot Tynisa Lagail Hicks shortly after midnight on June 7.
Hicks was returning home after celebrating her husband’s birthday when she saw three men get out of a dark sedan that had stopped just east of her home in the 1400 block of W. 104th Street.
Hicks yelled to warn her husband, Anthony, who was walking inside as one or more of the men opened fire. He dove atop their children, who were sleeping on the living room floor, and his wife was shot as she blocked the door with her body.
Her husband and three children, including a 16-year-old son with special medical needs, were unharmed.
Anyone with information was asked to call sheriff’s homicide Sgt. Ken Perry at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
The board also extended a $20,000 reward for information leading to whoever killed 26-year-old Marcus Nieto, whose body was discovered on a horse trail by two riders on Feb. 16, 2013. Nieto was last seen alive the day before.
The coroner’s office, which ruled the death a homicide, has not revealed the cause of death. Law enforcement officials have placed a security hold on the case.
The reward, set to expire Sept. 29, will now be available for at least another 90 days.
Anyone with more information was asked to call sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Gray or Detective David Gunner at (323) 890-5500.
— City News Service