Father offers reward in daughter's 2008 murder

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In the early hours of Oct. 11, 2008, Erica Renee Williams was found shot to death in the 3300 block of Moody Avenue in Richmond.

She was the city's 28th homicide victim that year, but she was more than that to her parents, especially her father.

"There was immediate pain when I got the news, and that pain has not faded away," Jerry Williams said. "Erica was everything to me."

Richmond Police did not have immediate leads in the Williams homicide, but now they do. And in an effort to encourage anyone with additional information to come forward, Jerry Williams is offering a $5,000 reward to the person who helps Richmond Police in the investigation.

"It's not much, but if it will get someone to come forward and help find out who killed Erica, I'm willing to pay the price," Williams said.

Richmond Police recently received a tip in the investigation. But they need more information before charges can be placed against a suspect. The motive in this homicide is believed to be robbery.

"One thing we work to ensure is that we have everything in place to present a case before we place charges against someone," Major Crimes Sgt. Duncan Pence said. "We have information, but if there is more out there, we definitely can use it."

Richmond Police is asking anyone with information in the Williams homicide to contact Detective Jeff Crewell directly at 201-3829. If the person providing information would like to remain anonymous, they can always call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. A separate reward up to $1,000 also is available from Crime Stoppers.

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