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Reward offered in Hollywood murder case

July 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Detectives thought they had some very solid leads at several points in their murder investigation, but it has been one dead end after another. The Los Angeles Police Department is hoping that by offering a reward of $50,000 Wednesday, they will finally get the information they need to make an arrest. It has been nearly seven months since 15-year-old Diego Cruz was shot and killed outside a Sears department store in Hollywood. Now, at a standstill in the investigation, detectives and community leaders came together Wednesday asking for the public's help, hoping a new reward will lead to some answers.

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"We had what we believed were a number of promising leads. That didn't pan out, and we've reached that stage where all we can do now is appeal to the community and see if we can get some additional help," said LAPD Lt. Guillermo Rosales.

Detectives say they are confident there are people out there who know young Diego's killer.

Diego was shot to death on a busy Christmas Eve after crossing Santa Monica Boulevard to do some Christmas shopping.

Diego's father made a plea Wednesday for witnesses to come forward. It has been a long seven months for the Cruz family as they hope for closure in what appears to be a random shooting of their son.

"Unfortunately our leads have dried up. We haven't been able to make the progress to give the Cruz family a piece of mind and to bring justice to this community," said L.A. City Council member Eric Garcetti.

A $50,000 reward in the case is offered if you know anything about this murder. You are asked to contact detectives from LAPD Hollywood Division at (213) 972-2913. You can remain anonymous.

 

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