Supervisors Approve Reward for Information on Fatal Shooting of LBCC Football Player

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 reward for information leading to the man who fatally shot a 22-year-old Long Beach City College football player in Willowbrook, they announced yesterday.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended the reward offer because investigators believe that witnesses who may know the identity of the gunman and his accomplices exist.

Atkins was reportedly walking along the 1800 block of East 126th Street in Willowbrook on the morning of July 23, 2015, when a gold or silver four-door sedan pulled alongside him and opened fire through the car’s rear window.

Atkins was transported to St. Francis Medical Center and died four days later.

The gunman was described as a black man with several tattoos on his back in his late teens to early 20s. Surveillance images show the car last seen driving west on El Segundo Boulevard. The car appears to have been accompanied by a two-tone, maroon/gray SUV, possibly a Pontiac Aztec.

Anyone with more information was asked to call Detectives Theodor Baljet or Troy Ewing at 323.890.5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS (8477).

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