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Reward announced in Inglewood park murder

February 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The family of a grandmother shot and killed at an Inglewood park in December is asking for the public's help.

No arrests have been made in the death of 61-year-old Gwen Taylor and now there's a reward in connection with the case.

A news conference was held in Inglewood Tuesday afternoon to announce a reward for information in the case.

Wearing an image of her sister close to her heart, Trina Newman joined other family members in asking for the public's help to find Gwendolyn Taylor's killer.

Tuesday, the Inglewood Police Department announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the person responsible. Plus, an additional $10,000 is being offered by a person who wishes to remain anonymous.

"We don't have bad leads. We just don't have any leads, which is almost unbelievable to believe that somebody out there did not witness something," said Inglewood Police Capt. Eve Irvine.

"There will never be closure, but we do need justice to be served. My sister was a loving, caring person," said Gwen Taylor's sister, Varetta Woods.

Taylor was shot at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, while attending a Christmas party at Rogers Park with her husband and three grandchildren.

The gunman is described as a black male, 19 to 20 years old, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 to 160 pounds, and was wearing dark clothing when he took off running westbound on Beach Ave.

Officers say the park was crowded at the time of the shooting.

"After the shooting occurred, while the shooting is occurring, everybody's running for their lives, and that's understandable," said Irvine. "And that's why we didn't get a lot of information at the time."

Investigators say the alleged gunman had an argument at the park with two teenage males who said they didn't know the man.

One of the teens was shot in the arm, but has since recovered.

Gwen Taylor was shot in her left ribcage, and died at a nearby hospital.

Family members say she sacrificed her own life for her grandson.

"She was the one who protected my son from the bullets," said Taylor's son, Kunta. "She held him. She gave her life. For my son. Just the other day he woke up, telling me, 'I miss my granny. I know the whole world misses my granny. I wish she was here right now.'"

Investigators say there were surveillance cameras at the park, but at the time of the shooting, they were not working.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call Inglewood Police at (888) 41-CRIME.