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Pic shows Moreno Valley ATM murder suspect

May 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A family searches for answers as police hunt for a suspect. Both sides hope a new photo can help them catch a killer. Carrie Thomas was gunned down at an ATM. The gunman was caught on surveillance video.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. released an enhanced picture of the man they believe killed Thomas. Friday, the victim's family spoke out for the first time.

"As long as this guy is still out, he could take someone else's daughter, someone else's sister or girlfriend, it's not just about Carrie anymore, it's about protecting a community where someone like this is at large," said Jessica Thomas, Carrie's sister.

But besides wanting justice, for Jessica there's still immense grief after the loss of her sister. She shared pictures and memories Friday of 23-year-old Carrie. She says some of her favorite things were stars and penguins.

"Her friends always called her 'Mama Carrie' because she had a big heart, but she kept people in line," said Jessica.

Carrie was shot to death late at night on March 27. She was withdrawing money from the drive-through ATM at the Visterra Credit Union in Moreno Valley, when she was shot to death by a man seen in surveillance video from the ATM camera, according to the police.

While the suspect's identity may be unknown to detectives, the victim's boyfriend, Ryan Hassan, says he's not unknown to everyone.

"I don't recognize him, but he has features that someone has to recognize," said Hassan.

It's Hassan's belief that the suspect might have actually been recognized by Carrie, and maybe that is why she was shot.

"I believe that she knew the person that actually did it," said Hassan.

"There must be some reason. Ryan believes there was some recognition maybe and the person was afraid of getting caught," said Jessica.

But police say someone knows something about the man who killed Carrie. The family is pleading with that person to come forward. They know it won't bring her back, but it will help.

"All it is is pain, for the rest of my life, for the rest of the family, it's just pain," said Hassan.

If you have information about the case, contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. at (951) 955-2777.

A $25,000 reward has been offered by the Visterra Credit Union for information leading to an arrest and conviction.