Family Offers $10K Reward in Slaying of Inglewood Man Who Saved Son's Life

Family is "on a mission to find his killers"

The stepfather and family of Fredrick Martin Jr., the Inglewood man who was killed last week while shielding his 8-year-old son from bullets, announced Monday a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed the 28-year-old father and husband.

The family is "on a mission to find his killers," family spokeswoman Jasmyne Cannick told City News Service.

Inglewood Mayor James Butts is looking to get the city to add to the reward

"This is a man with no criminal involvement who's basically what you'd want your son to grow up to be," Butts said. "We will unravel it and we will leave no stone unturned."

Martin, his son, Fredrick "Tre" Martin III, and his friend Joey Hickman, were cleaning out the garage of their home in the 3200 block of W. 109th Street in Inglewood last Tuesday when they heard gunshots.

Martin then pushed his son to the ground and jumped on top of him. The father was shot in the abdomen and upper body, and later died at a hospital.

Tre Martin suffered a minor graze wound, which he is recovering from.

Hickman, Tre Martin's Godfather, also survived a shot to the ankle.

It was one of three unrelated shootings in Inglewood that night, according to police, and it was especially heartbreaking for Inglewood Mayor Butts, who is close friends with Martin's sister.

"Her words to me were that, 'without Fred,I don't know,'" Butts said. "Let's just say that he was a good son and a great father."

Hickman joined Martin's family and Butts at Inglewood City Hall Monday to announce the award and ask for the public's help in finding Martin's killer. His family has also set up a donation fund with the goal of raising $25,000.

Police have struggled to find suspects and neither Martin nor Hickman were affiliated with gangs, both the police and family have said.

The only information they've gathered so far identifies two fair-skinned gunman and multiple shots.

"I love my brother with all of my heart," Martin's sister Micharri Pratts said. "And there's nothing more that I want right now than to catch the people that did this."

A high school friend of Martin, Jaaye Person-Lynn, told the Los Angeles Times that he could've been mistakenly targeted.

Martin's wife, Amanda, is expecting the couple's second child.

Anyone with information about the shooting is being asked to call the Inglewood Police Homicide Section at (310) 412-5246, or anonymously at 888-412-7463.

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