The parents of a 22-year-old man gunned down on the freeway are asking witnesses to come forward with any information on his murder and are offering a $100,000 reward.
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation tribe member Xusha Brown, Jr. of El Cajon was killed in a highway shooting in May. He was traveling along Interstate 8 around 4 a.m. with 21-year-old driver Malcom Hune when shots were fired at their car.
Brown was shot in the head and died shortly after. Hune was shot in the shoulder and later recovered from his injuries.
The highway was shut down for hours while officials investigated the incident, but no suspect was found.
The La Mesa Police Department believes there are witnesses out there that are reluctant to come forward in this case, but they are willing to work with people to make sure they feel safe in doing so. The reward for information is now $100,000, which increased from the original $50,000 donated by the
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
Police are calling this shooting gang-related, but believe that Brown was neither in a gang nor the target in this shooting. They are asking for people to come forward to figure out the motivation behind the shooting and figure out who was in the other vehicle that shot at the car Brown was in.
Brown’s mother, Deborah Flores, says she wants justice for her son's life and asked witnesses to put themselves in her shoes and help give information on who killed her son.
“Somebody that night made a choice to change our lives forever and our lives will never be the same again,” she said at a press conference Thursday. “And now we’re trying to pick up the pieces.”