Authorities Wednesday announced a $15,000 reward in hopes of finding the killer of a 17-year-old boy gunned down in Palmdale more than two years ago.

Jacquarius “Jay” Quinn was found dead about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2016, in the 2300 block of Old Harold Road. The teen had left his family’s home about three hours earlier, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The R. Rex Parris High School 11th-grader’s hobbies included playing flag football with his friends, drawing, cooking and dancing, and he was hoping to become an actor.

At a news conference Wednesday morning at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles, authorities and the teen’s family members appealed for help in solving the crime.

“Somebody knows what happened to my son.” said Jessica Quinn, who was wearing a T-shirt with an image of the teen on it. “My son didn’t deserve that. He was a kid; I mean, a child. How do you take a kid’s life like that? … I just want justice.”

Investigators are unsure of a motive for the killing.

Investigators say Jay went out to enjoy an early Sunday dinner with family members who last saw him about 5 p.m. on the day he was killed as he played with his cellphone while on his bed. Just a few hours later his body, with a gunshot wound to his upper body, was found in a deserted area, according to the sheriff’s department.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $10,000 in reward money and the Palmdale City Council offered $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

“This family deserves to know that Jay’s killer is held responsible,” county Supervisor Kathryn Barger said at the news conference. “It is my hope that this reward will help someone remember something that may be helpful in finally bringing justice to the Quinn family.”

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at

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