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FBI hopes billboards will lead to information on 9-year-old girl's killer

Date: May 26, 2016

Summary:
As friends and family gathered to pay their respects to a little girl who was caught in a crossfire of bullets, the FBI launched a billboard campaign with the hopes it'll bring new leads in the case.

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As friends and family gathered to pay their respects to a little girl who was caught in a crossfire of bullets, the FBI launched a billboard campaign with the hopes it'll bring new leads in the case.

Whoever fired dozens of stray bullets into a home May 5, killing Za'layia Jenkins, is still out there. The 28 digital signs show a phone number to call and remind area residents of the $40,000 in reward money that is still being offered. 

"It's senseless violence," said Robert Botsch, assistant special agent in the Milwaukee FBI office. "The more people that see the billboards, the more people that see the reward."
Law enforcement and a prominent Milwaukee attorney are offering $40,000 for information in the case of a 9-year-old girl hit by an errant bullet while she watched TV in her home.

A visitation for the slain 9-year-old was held Wednesday at  new Pitts Mortuary on Capitol Drive. Her funeral will be Thursday at Holy Redeemer Church.

The FBI said the billboards have already generated calls into their headquarters in St. Francis, and they're hoping just one tip leads to a break in the case. But Botsch said sometimes even hefty rewards aren't enough motivation.
"Some of them are a little distrusting of law enforcement, and as a result, they may not be willing in order to come forward, or they may fear coming forward based on retaliation or some other form of retribution," he said.
If anyone has information and wants to make a tip call, the FBI said they can remain totally anonymous.

The FBI put up $15,000 of the reward money. Attorney Michael Hupy put up another $25,000.

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