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Leigertwood's family raises reward to $50,000

Monday, November 23, 2009
An employee of the Philadelphia school district is found dead in his driveway.

An employee of the Philadelphia school district is found dead in his driveway.

32-year-old Veno Leigertwood was a busy man. On top of going to school for his master's degree, he worked at a college prep program in the Philadelphia school district and co-owned a real estate business.

"He was everything that a mom, a wife, sister, everyone in the world would hope for," said Viola Leigertwood, Veno's mother.

Just before 7:00 Saturday morning September 13, 2008 Veno was heading out to a meeting with classmates at Eastern University.

While his wife and 7-month-old baby slept inside, neighbors said they heard several gunshots outside in the 6-hundred block of Church Lane in Yeadon, Delaware County. A passerby found Veno's body.

"All he noticed was a well dressed young man laying on the ground."

Veno had been shot point blank in the back of the head.

"My son did not deserve this."

A witness said she saw two men, one wearing a white hoodie and the other wearing a black hoodie, running from the area at the time of the shooting.

Police do not believe this was a random killing or a robbery, since his laptop computer, wallet, jewelry and watch were not taken.

His family has boosted the reward to $50,000, hoping it will encourage anyone to come forward with information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

"Whoever knows, heard, anything no matter how slight if they see anything please come forward," Viola said.

His family added another thousand dollars to a reward bringing the total to $26,000 for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

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