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Councilman will motion to offer $50K reward for information on Caruthers death

Sept. 27, 2012, 1:56 p.m.

Local residents gather around a memorial to Patrick Caruthers on the park bench where he was killed in Harvard Park on Wednesday. (José Martinez/OnCentral)

Councilman Bernard Parks will introduce a motion at Friday's City Council meeting to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of Patrick Caruthers' killer or killers.

Caruthers, 19, was sitting in Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center on Tuesday afternoon when someone ran up to him from behind and shot and killed him. Police say Caruthers, who had special needs, was not involved with gangs, but that his killer may be.

The park where Caruthers was killed falls within the boundaries of Parks' district.

At Friday's meeting, Parks will also urge the council to approve the installation of security cameras at the park, which he's been advocating for since November 2011. The initiative has been tied up in the approval process since February.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who oversees the neighboring district, also released a statement on Thursday.

"The cold-blooded killing of Patrick Caruthers at Harvard Park must not go unanswered," she said. "It is time to recognize the unique challenges our parks in South Los Angeles are facing. Families have the right to expect that their children will be safe to engage in health activities in our parks and that the callous bullying and illegal activity must be stopped."

Locals told OnCentral on Thursday that they'd never heard of this kind of violence happening in the area, particularly at the park, where Caruthers was a well-known volunteer.

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