Reward grows to more than $20,000 in wake of Rogers Park killings

After JUF offers $10,000 to aid investigation, more groups join effort

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers of two men in Rogers Park has risen to more than $20,000, after several groups joined the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation's initial commitment of $10,000 to aid the investigation.

Douglass Watts was shot to death Sept. 30 on the 1200 block of W. Sherwin, and Eliyahu Moscowitz was killed 36 hours later, just a few blocks away in Loyola Park.

The JUF/Federation commitment was announced at an Oct. 4 Chicago Police Department community meeting, co-convened with Ald. Deborah Silverstein and attended by hundreds.

"These murderous attacks are reverberating throughout the Jewish, LGBTQ and the broader communities," JUF Executive Vice President Jay Tcath said, "and your Federation is determined to do whatever we can to aid the community as well as law enforcement's efforts to apprehend whoever is responsible."

The JUF/Jewish Federation reward is being made via Cook County Crime Stoppers, which will offer $5,000 for each case  for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murders. Anyone with information can call their hotline number at  1-800-535-STOP . All calls to Cook County Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.


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