The Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the death of Patrick Caruthers.
The 19-year-old Caruthers, who had special needs, was sitting at Jackie Tatum/Harvard Park Recreation Center on Tuesday afternoon when someone came up to him and gunned him down. Caruthers died at the scene.
His mother, Gail Sears, spoke at Friday's council meeting.
"I would really like to put a plea out to the community," she said. "Anyone knowing any information involving the predators that murdered my son, I would really appreciate it."
Caruthers was a local fixture who locals and police alike maintain wasn't involved in gangs. Detectives from the LAPD's 77th Street Division say his killer may have been, but at this point, all they know is that he's a male who fled the scene in a dark compact car.
A call to detectives on Friday confirmed that there are currently no new leads in the case.
"Let's bring this person to justice, because my son did not deserve to die this way," Sears said. "He was innocent; he never saw it coming. It was a very cowardly move on the person who did it. And they need to be brought to justice. Patrick deserves that."
Folks with any information they'd like to share with law enforcement can do so by calling (800) 222-TIPS or texting TIPLA (84752). Callers who want to remain anonymous may do so. They may also call 77th St. detectives at (213) 485-1383.
Sears encouraged callers to share whatever information they had, "no matter how small you think it is."
Councilman Bernard Parks oversees the district where Caruthers' murder took place. He introduced the motion for the reward, and said he hoped security cameras would be installed at the park quickly.
Parks said there are "tentative plans" for a service for Caruthers next week.