NC governor offers $5,000 reward in case of murdered 7-year-old

Governor Roy Cooper is offering up a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of a 7-year-old boy shot and killed in Charlotte nearly four years ago. 

On Sept. 5, 2015, Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas was at a birthday party at Fieldvale Place around 9:00 p.m. The kids were outside breaking a pinata and collecting candy when shots were fired.

“They were out in their yard having a good time for the child’s birthday! This should have never happened,” said one neighbor who did not want to share their name. 

Rodas was hit in the drive-by and later died from his injuries. Two men and a five-year-old girl were also shot. Their injures were non-life threatening. 

“I think when a child gets shot like that I think its very awful” said the neighbor on Fieldvale Place. “For a family to have to go through it and then for it to take them so long to find out who done it.” 

Today the case remains unsolved, but now investigators are hoping for a breakthrough. 

“There's no reason anyone should be quiet over a little seven-year-old boy getting shot,” said another neighbor. 

Gov. Cooper is offering up to $5,000 for information in the case.

Some neighbors ask why the reward was not offered sooner: “He should have done this way earlier years ago when it first happened.” 

You can call Charlotte Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.