Major reward offered in murder of New Haven teen

NEW HAVEN, Conn (WTNH) — “They surprised me with this,” said Demethra Telford.

The mother of 14-year-old Tyrick Keyes finds comfort in the painting his friends and classmates gave to her.

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“Every night I come in here, and I look at this,” said Telford.

She has spent the three months since his murder pushing investigators for an arrest.

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“I call them every day, I call the chief I call the detectives I call their boss…I call everybody,” said Telford.

Some help has now arrived from Governor Malloy’s office.

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A $50-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

She’s grateful, but wishes it didn’t talk money for someone to do the right thing,

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“It shouldn’t have to take money for people to speak up…because it could be their children….but my hope is someone come forward and speak,” said Telford.

Keyes was shot twice on July 16th on Bassett Street in New Haven.

“I watched him suffer, and I had to pull the plug on my son and that’s the hardest thing a mother has to do,” said Telford.

Anyone with information that may help with an investigation is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department.

Text “TIP720 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

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