The family of a 57-year-old Jurupa Valley man who was gunned down outside a downtown Riverside hotel for reasons still unclear Thursday renewed pleas for the public’s help in finding his killer.
Grant Leggette’s loved ones said the pain of losing him a year ago remains acute, and the fact that the gunman remains at large accentuates the loss.
The victim’s mother, Marie Leggette, told reporters during a news briefing outside the Riverside Hall of Justice there is a “gaping wound in our family” since her son was gunned down in February 2020.
“My father was an amazing man. He did not deserve to have his life taken,” the victim’s daughter, Kamelle Leggette, said.
According to the Riverside Police Department, no new leads have surfaced since the beloved handyman was fatally shot in front of the Marriott Hotel on Market Street.
A $10,000 reward, approved last April by the Riverside City Council, for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible remains active.
According to Officer Ryan Railsback, about 10:50 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2020, Leggette had just left a Valentine’s Day event and was headed to his vehicle parked near the Marriott when an unidentified individual fired multiple shots, striking the victim in the upper body.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene minutes later.
A search of the area turned up no suspects, and a possible motive remains elusive, according to Railsback.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the police department’s homicide unit at 951-353-7105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.