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LA City Councilman Asking for Community's Help to Solve Murder

Bernard Parks is asking anyone with information regarding the 2012 murder to come forward.



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    Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks speaks at a press conference on April 11, 2014. Parks is asking for the public's help in solving a 2012 murder case.

    A $50,000 reward is being offered to help close a 2012 unsolved murder in which a man was gunned down in South Los Angeles.

    Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and LAPD Det. Gerardo Vejar, along with the Paul  T. James' family, held a press conference Friday "to help encourage leads that would lead to an arrest," according to a press release.

    James was shot and killed on South Hoover Street in Los Angeles on Oct. 11, 2012. The 40-year-old was walking at approximately 8:45 p.m. when he was approached by an individual wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The individual fired several rounds at James, wounding him. James was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

    In February, the Council approved Parks’ motion to offer the reward for information leading to the identity, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for James’ murder.

    "The detectives have worked on this case diligently and they have run out of leads," Parks said. "They hope that this reward will now stimulate not only interest in this case but someone to come forward in helping to solve the case."

    The reward is scheduled to expire on Aug. 22, however Kimberly Briggs, Parks’ Media Deputy, said he will request a renewal if the murder remains unsolved at that time.

    Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Los Angeles Police Department Criminal Gang Homicide Division at 213-485-4341. Anonymity is guaranteed.