A reward being offered to help find the person who fatally shot a college student in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park last year has risen to $110,000, officials and family members said Monday.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, announced a $50,000 reward from the city of San Francisco for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of Calvin Riley.
That reward, combined with a $50,000 reward previously announced by Riley’s family and $10,000 being offered by U.S. Park Police, brings the total reward in the case to $110,000.
Riley, a 20-year-old San Mateo native, was shot around 10 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2016, while playing Pokemon Go with a group of friends. He was attending Delta College in Stockton at the time and had graduated from Serra High School in San Mateo.
Standing on Monday with Riley’s mother Kariann near the spot where Riley was killed, Speier urged anyone with information to come forward.
“This family has endured unspeakable pain, and our community has embraced them in an effort to try to help them heal, but the person who did this crime must be brought to justice,” Speier said.
U.S. Park Police have previously released a sketch of a person of interest sought in connection with the case.
Capt. Jerry Marshall said Monday they are now looking for two vehicles of interest in the case, one of them a 2006-2009 dark-colored Audi A3 wagon and the other a 2013 white four-door Hyundai Sonata.
Both vehicles were seen in the area around the time of the shooting.
In the beginning stages of the investigation, police said they believed the suspect was associated with a 2013-2015 model white four-door Toyota Avalon that was seen leaving the area where the homicide occurred.
Investigators have not found any evidence of robbery or of a confrontation leading to the shooting, Marshall said.
“Calvin is a well-loved individual, not only from his family but from the entire city of San Mateo, and we have interviewed countless associates and friends,” Marshall said.
“We haven’t found anyone with motive to kill him,” Marshall said, but he added that police did have investigative “targets” he could not discuss.
A teary-eyed Kariann Riley said the family has been “living a nightmare every day” since Calvin’s death.
She said that her younger children, a son and a daughter, were struggling with their brother’s loss.
“We try our best every day to just make sense of it and there’s no sense in it,” she said. “Our baby boy’s not coming home.”
Kariann said an arrest in the case would give the family some closure and “comfort” in knowing that the person who committed the crime was off the streets and couldn’t hurt anyone else.
“That person robbed us,” she said. “He was on his way to achieving all of his dreams and all of his goals that he worked so hard for. He was just a beautiful person, the world needs more like him.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Park Police Tip Line at (415) 561-5150 or Park Communications at (415) 561-5508. Those providing tips may remain anonymous.