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Reward in 9-year-old girl's death now $65,000

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 14:47:11-04

MILWAUKEE -- The reward for information in the shooting death of 9-year-old Za'layia Jenkins has been increased again.

Local attorney Michael Hupy has increased his share of the reward to $50,000. Combined with an outstanding $15,000 reward offer from the FBI, the total reward amount stands at $65,000.

Both rewards will be given to the first person who provides information leading to the arrest and successful conviction of Jenkins' shooter or shooters.

Za'layia was sitting in her living room watching TV with her 2-year-old cousin when police say a shootout between two groups started right outside her house. A bullet flew through the living room, hitting the young girl. 

Shell casings were recovered from the scene near 15th and Meinecke St.  Ballistic tests have provided some clues.

“There were two volleys of shots. One occurred within a block and a half of the house where the little girl was shot.  That involved a handgun, one or more handguns, and then the final volley of shots occurred within minutes of the first volley," said Cpt. Aaron Raap, with the Milwaukee Police Department.