MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A mother and father are pleading and praying for help solving their son's murder. Jerod Lewis was gunned down last August while driving in Memphis. His case has gone cold. Police have run out of answers and into a dead end.
Lewis' family is hoping a new $10,000 reward will be enough to find the killer.
"It's been extremely hard. It has." Joann and Darryl Lewis can't talk easily about the murder of their son.
"My heart remains heavy as I grieve the death of my son," Joann says. "I ask if you know anything, anything, to bring closure to our case, I ask you please call 528-CASH. We beg you."
Jerod was found shot inside his car at Perkins and I-240 around midnight on August 3, 2012. He was rushed to The MED where he died.
"We want some peace and we would like justice," Darryl tells abc24.com.
The 25-year-old was an officer in the naval reserve, an EMT and owned his own business.
"An entrepreneur. He had his own house. 25 years old," Darryl says. 'We are pleading to you. Someone out there knows something. Please, even the slightest tip or information probably could lead to catching our killer."
Jerod's car is distinctive. His family hopes someone will remember seeing it and offer a clue about the shooting. Memphis Police are stumped. Jerod was alone in the car and there were no witnesses. The slightest new detail could help break the case.
His mother is begging for that, for her and for her grandson - Jerod's now ten-month-old baby who's left without a father.
"He was actually mentoring his cousins that night, talking to them about education and getting a career," Joann remembers.
The Lewis family's $10,000 reward is in addition to the $1,000 dollar CrimeStoppers reward.
They stress it is completely anonymous. CrimeStoppers will take extra steps if those coming forward are concerned about safety.
If you can help find Jerod Lewis' killer, call (901) 528-CASH (2274). You can also submit your tip at 528cash.org
, or text the word AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES).