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San Bernardino murder: $10K reward offered

A $10,000 reward is being offered in the murder of a man who was shot and killed outside of his San Bernardino home.
November 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
San Bernardino police are still trying to solve the murder of a man who was shot and killed as he sat outside his home. The murder happened more than a month ago, but no arrests have been made.

"My brother, he helped everybody and he didn't deserve it," said the victim's sister, Sonya Branch. "I miss him so much."

Branch says her brother, 57-year-old Tyrone Jones, was only trying to bring good to his neighborhood when he was shot and killed on Oct. 14. With no one in custody, police are offering a $10,000 reward. Branch says she hopes someone comes forward.

Jones' friends described him as a good man. They say he was involved in a neighborhood watch program. In fact, police say he was just sitting in front of his apartment near California and 19th streets around 7 p.m., keeping an eye on the neighborhood, when someone walked up to him and shot him in the back of the head.

"He was part of this group that would regularly engage the youth of the community, try to steer them on the right path. And at the time this crime occurred, he was doing that very thing, watching out for his neighborhood and doing what he could to contribute and make it a better place," said Assistant Chief Jarrod Burguan with the San Bernardino Police Department.

With no leads, police hope the reward will help. The suspect was described as a black male juvenile, between 15 and 17 years old, standing 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. Police say the suspect had a close fade haircut.

"Turn yourself in, because you can't run. How are you going to run and hide? You took a loved one out that everybody loved," said Jones' friend, John Griffin.

Anyone with information was asked to call San Bernardino police at (909) 384-5656.


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