Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: $20K reward offered for information into Roniel Sylvester's murder
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- After months of waiting for answers, a Milwaukee man's family is putting up $20,000 to find his killer. To get the reward, all you have to do is call Milwaukee Crime Stoppers with information that leads to an arrest.
Roniel Sylvester Jr. was a 26-year-old college graduate working for a global corporate company. The kind of kid his father says would make any parent proud.
"We can't even function without having tears rolling down our eyes doing normal things," said Roniel Sylvester Sr.
On Aug. 1, 2020, Sylvester was shot in the eye while visiting his grandparents at their home near 47th and Townsend.
"I don't with this pain on anyone. Even people I do not care for I wouldn't wish this pain on anyone," said Sylvester Sr.
Sylvester's father said there were five cars doing donuts in an empty lot near the home around 3 a.m.
"My son went to see what was going on and he's in a daze and he went to go check and see where my father was. My father says, 'I think they're shooting!' And he looked over his shoulder and that's when the bullet came through the window and hit my son."
Sylvester died days later, and hundreds of people went to a memorial to honor him. Since then, Sylvester Sr. says he's seen the violence get worse.
"I know three people that grew up with me that lost their child innocently that's ridiculous," he said.
There are no leads, and no witnesses have come forward. His family has put together funds to create a $20,000 reward to encourage anyone who might know something to come forward through Milwaukee Crime Stoppers and help them get justice.
"That's all we are asking for. Come forward," Sylvester Sr. said. "There's no price you can put on a life, but if you get that person off the streets you might save another family from feeling the pain that we are feeling."
Call 414-224-TIPS if you know anything about this crime or any other crime in Milwaukee that's unsolved. You can also use the P3 Tips App where you can download in the App Store. Remember, your call is always anonymous.