Reward for information in council member's death could reach $150,000

The Solano County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $50,000 reward this morning for information on the fatal shooting of Fairfield Councilman Matt Garcia, the board's office assistant Karen Cabansag said this morning.

The reward matches a $50,000 reward offered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week.

Fairfield Mayor Harry Price said he plans to ask the Fairfield City Council on Tuesday to also offer a $50,000 reward for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

“We hope the increased reward will cause someone to come forward and provide information our investigators need to solve this horrific crime quickly,” Price said.

“Justice delayed all too often is justice denied. It's a sad commentary a reward has to be offered where people should do their civic duty,” Price said.

Thousands are expected to attend a memorial service this afternoon at Armijo High School for the slain 22-year-old councilman.

Garcia was shot in the head outside a home in the 5000 block of Silverado Drive on Sept. 1. The suspect is described as a light skinned black or Hispanic man, 5 feet 9 inches tall in his early 20s. He fled in a late-model sedan.

Police have scheduled a news conference at 2:30 p.m. at the high school. The memorial service begins at 4 p.m.

Bay City News

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