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“It's a Big Loss”: $50K Reward Offered to Find Beloved Father's Killer

Family members joined police and Los Angeles city officials on Thursday to announce a $50,000 reward to help solve the slaying of a beloved father who was shot and killed while walking on a South LA street late last year.

Moses Nelson, father and brother, was walking near 57th Street and Naomi Avenue the morning of Nov. 23, 2014, when a man riding a bicycle came toward him, Los Angeles police said.

The man on the bicycle then shot Nelson several times, killing him, police said.

Nelson's family spoke at a news conference Thursday and said he was raising three children while recovering from the loss of his own mother in 2009.

"I wish my son was still here, it's a big loss in the family," Nelson's father Eligh said. "The family's hurting, sisters and brothers and nieces and nephews. His kids (are) really taking it hard. I wish that somebody would come forward and let us know who'd done it."

The LA City Council approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Nelson's killer. The man riding the mountain bicycle was described as 18 to 20 years old, wearing a red and gray sweatshirt at the time of the killing.

"I seen him laying out, bleeding out," said Maron Hare, a neighbor who knew Nelson and witnessed the aftermath of the shooting. Police said a lot of people saw the aftermath of the shooting, but few have come forward to help with the investigation.


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Hare said he knows how Nelson's family feels. His own son was killed by gang violence in the neighborhood three years ago.

"That's life in South Central," he said. "That's how it goes. It's hard, very hard."

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