Italia Lomelli-Graham was mortally wounded when someone fired shots into her family’s home in the Evergreen subdivision. Dispatchers received a 911 call in which the caller reported a child had been shot in the head. Lomelli-Graham was then rushed to an area hospital where she died hours later.
Police Chief Jon Rogers announced that authorities were increasing the reward to $16,000. In addition, Crime Stoppers is also contributing $1,000.
“We are confident that there are individuals in our community that have information that’s critical to the investigation,” Rogers said during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Rogers said several organizations are continuing to work the case including his department, the ATF, SLED, and the Attorney’s Office for the US District of South Carolina.
In addition, police officers have been placing signs in the neighborhood to encourage people to come forward.
“We want to get across how much energy has been put into this, and now we need people to stand up and get us information,” Rogers said.
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