Detroit murder reward grows to $10,000

Christine MacDonald
The Detroit News
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Detroit — A reward for information on the east-side shooting that left a Grosse Pointe teenager dead has doubled to $10,000.

Attorney Thomas Guastello of Bloomfield donated $5,000 to Crime Stoppers in hopes of generating tips that lead to the killer of University Liggett School student Paige Stalker. The 16-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident died Dec. 22 in the shooting near Charlevoix and Phillip on Detroit’s east side, when a man reportedly pulled up in a tan Cadillac and opened fire. Three other teens were wounded.

“Let’s get justice for this girl,” said Guastello, a local real estate developer who is a former Grosse Pointe resident and whose four children attended Liggett. “Through Crime Stoppers, this is a way to keep this alive and active.”

According to police, the man — who was described as a black man wearing camouflage and military fatigues — fired about 30 shots at the teens.

Guastello said he didn’t know Stalker’s family, but the teen’s mother and grandfather called Sunday to thank him for the donation.

“To have something like this happen to such a wonderful person ... it could have been one of my kids,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) 773-2587.

Police said the shooting is the result of a random robbery gone bad and are seeking more leads. The area where the teens stopped, west of Alter and south of Mack, is remote and desolate, scarred by vacant lots, abandoned homes and graffiti-marked buildings. Dozens of shell casings were found at the scene.

Detroit Police Officer Adam Madera said last week the case is getting harder to solve.

“That’s what it’s going to come down to now: We’ll likely have to rely on a witness we don’t have yet,” Madera said.

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