Waterbury police and the State of Connecticut are offering a $50,000 reward in a yearlong murder case.
Police and the State Attorney’s Office announced the details in the unresolved murder of 25-year-old Cameron Chapman during a Monday afternoon news conference.
Chapman was murdered at the intersection of Dikeman and Willard streets on July 23, 2016. He was sitting in a car in front of his house when he was shot in the head.
Police are hoping a reward will generate some new leads or get someone to come forward, in order to get justice for Chapman's family and his young daughter.
"All day and all night he worked, just to provide for his daughter, two jobs. She doesn't deserve to grow up without her father,” said Caylia Cardona, of Waterbury.
Cardona was Chapman’s girlfriend, and the mother of their child.
"This is an ongoing investigation, it’s been a very difficult one. We had some information, some leads we followed up early on in the case, everyday we're continuing to look into the facts surrounding this case and we're just looking for some more help,” said Waterbury Deputy Police Chief Fred Spagnolo.
Both the family and police say Chapman was well liked and they're having a hard time understanding why he was killed.
So after reviewing the case, the state put up the money.
"We believe that this case can be solved. This is the type of case we feel a reward can be instrumental in bringing closure to this family,” said Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt.
Growing up in Waterbury, Chapman played high school football at Crosby and was an aspiring rapper who loved to make music.
Thanking the Waterbury Police Department for their hard work so far, Chapman's mother says he can't be replaced, but is hoping the reward money will at least renew interest in his case.
"Any information, any way you have to get it out here to Waterbury Police Department, I ask you just come down here, give us peace. For his daughter, for his family, we're just looking for justice for him, that’s all we want is justice,” said Joy Chapman, of Waterbury.
"We just want answers, she should not have to grow up without her father, it’s not fair. His life was too precious. He did nothing wrong,” Cardona said.
Anyone with information should contact Waterbury police at 203-574-6941 or Waterbury Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234.
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