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Police offer $50,000 reward in Ferguson killing

Donnell Drake Jr. was shot and killed July 28, 2017 in Ferguson, MO.
Donnell Drake Jr. was shot and killed July 28, 2017 in Ferguson, MO.

CrimeStoppers is offering a $50,000 reward for information in a Ferguson, MO homicide, but the deal is good for only a month.

Ferguson police announced the reward on Thursday as the search continues for the suspects in the death of Donnell Drake Jr., who was shot and killed July 28, 2017. Another man was also shot at the time, but survived.

Police had been called to 22 Arbor Village in Ferguson about masked suspects. Witnesses said their were multiple gunshots, and the description listed is "four or five suspects wearing masks and gloves."

The reward expires on March 31.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers tip hotline is 866-371-8477.

CrimeStoppers initially offered a $5,000 reward in the case, the additional reward of $45,000 is being donated by an anonymous person.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND

Parabon Nanolabs, a Virginia-based company, uses genetic traits from DNA samples to predict the suspect's physical appearance, including ancestry, hair and eye color. The technology could help police solve cold cases.

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