A reward for information leading to whoever gunned down a 21-year-old up-and-coming musical artist in 2009 in Inglewood has been doubled to $50,000, law enforcement officials announced Thursday at a news conference where the victim’s parents pleaded for justice.
The FBI added $25,000 in reward money to the same amount already offered by Inglewood police in the unsolved killing of Kevin Robert Harris II, who was shot about 8 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2009.
A basketball player who graduated from St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, Harris was shot in his vehicle near the corner of 118th Place and Crenshaw Boulevard, authorities said.
The reward is for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of whoever is responsible for killing Harris, a songwriter who had embarked on what’s been described as a promising musical career under the name Track Bully.
“We want justice more than anything that could ever be imagined, because that was a cowardly, despicable act that you perpetrated on our son, our loving son that cared about everyone,” Harris’ father Kevin Harris Sr. said, his voice rising with emotion.
“Let your conscience be your guide. We have $50,000 for you now. Anyone that knows these people (or has) heard anything about this, all we need is one piece of evidence to get this going. And in case anyone wonders out there, yes we are still crying about Kevin and we will until our hearts can have justice.”
Katheryn Harris, the young man’s mother, said she is pained to know she won’t experience things like her son giving her grandchildren.
“It really hurts,” she said while wiping away tears.
The FBI joined the Inglewood Police Department’s homicide investigation in 2016.
Authorities believe Harris was struck by different caliber bullets fired by more than one suspect and that the shooting was likely gang-related, although Harris was not involved in gangs.
“One thing I can tell you is we are very close to solving this murder,” FBI Special Agent Voviette Morgan said. “We cannot have people that are engaged in this behavior not being held responsible.”
Anyone with information that could help solve this crime was urged to call the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565. Outside the U.S., information can be conveyed at the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.
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