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$10K a priceless down payment on justice

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

For the family of slain Naval Reservist Petty Officer Jerod Lewis, $10,000 is a priceless down payment on justice.

The 25-year-old military veteran was fatally shot while driving on Perkins and I-240 on Aug. 3, 2012.

Mr. Lewis had achieved much more in life than most his age. He was a father and a young man Who wanted to serve his community as a firefighter.

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Petty Officer Lewis' adult life began with promise and prosperity. He owned his own home, served in the Navy Reserves and was a father to a toddler. But with a barrage of bullets, a killer put an end to his future.

"It has been sleepless nights for me and my wife both," said Darrell Lewis, father. "It has not been restful, and the reason it has not been restful because we still know our killer is still out there."

"Christmas, New Year's, Mother's Day, Father's Day, all of the holidays and he wasn't there," added Joann Lewis, mother.

Sergeant Joe Stark, the new head of the Memphis Police Homicide Cold Case Division, said investigators want to talk again with a caller, a witness to the crime, who gave evidence then and can provide more information now. Information that might help catch Lewis' killer.

"You want to solve that case," Sgt. Stark said. "People don't think they have anything to offer, until they know the whole case.  What little information they might have can break the whole thing wide open."

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The shooter was driving in a 1990s white Nissan Maxima, a four-door with tinted windows. Sgt. Stark said there were at least four passengers in the car that night. The killer was tall with a medium build.

"I plead with them to call again and give all the information and don't be scared," said Joann Lewis.

"They have a moral responsibility because I know this has got to be haunting them," added Darrell Lewis. "If they want this burden off them, they need to make that call. Do the right thing."

The Lewis family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest of their son's killer. If you know any information about this case you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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