LEIMERT PARK (CBSLA.com)— A $50,000 reward was offered Thursday to help find the person who killed a high school football player in August.
Bijan Shoushtari, 18, was killed in a car-to-car shooting in Leimert Park.
On Thursday, his family made an emotional plea for the public’s help in catching a killer.
At a news conference where the reward was announced, Shoushtari’s mother said he dreamed of being a fire department paramedic. He was captain of his high school football team.
CBS2’s Randy Paige reported that authorities said Shoushtari had no gang affiliation and was clearly an innocent victim who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
He was riding in the passenger seat of a friend’s car at Crenshaw and Vernon around midnight on Aug. 3 when a gray or silver car pulled up alongside and began firing.
On Thursday, his mother spoke directly to the killer and his family.
“What the heck are you thinking? Don’t you see the lives you have destroyed? Don’t you understand that Bijan had a face and a name? He was going places, he had dreams and he had goals. Like your son,” said Marsha Shoushtari. “You need to help us, you need to help yourselves. We are a community of believers. We don’t want this to go on in our community. We want to stop the violence. We want guns down and voices up.”
Police released a composite sketch. They aren’t calling the man a suspect but believe he might have vital information in the case.