CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in an unsolved murder case.
Kevin Antonia Calderson Rodas, age 7, was shot and killed over Labor Day Weekend 2015 while playing in a yard with other children at a birthday party on Fieldvale Place.
MPD Chief Kerr Putney told FOX 46 this particular shooting was likely due to rival hang-activity. Putney said these groups are not named gangs, but behave like gangs.
Chief Putney said their retaliation caused the deaths of innocent people, including 7-year-old Kevin.
Detectives said they've searched the area repeatedly since that night, gathered evidence, interviewed dozens of people, and spent hundreds of man hours working the investigation.
Despite all efforts, no one has been charged with Kevin's death. Detective Todd Burkard believes someone in the community has information that could lead to a break in the case.
"We have people in our city that know what's going on, but they're not talking to the police, for whatever reason that may be, and that's the most shameful part about the whole case itself," Det. Burkard said.
Police said Kevin was a 2nd grader who loved school, soccer and music. He recently told his mom he wanted to be fireman or a doctor when he grew up.
"We have a mother now who is grieving over her only son that she's lost. She'll never get that back," Det. Burkard said.
The family of the 7-year-old victim continues to search for answers as officers search for those responsible. Anyone who may know information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. Police said you can remain anonymous.
CMPD posted a status on Facebook Thursday, February 18 asking the public for help: