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Reward increased to $12,000 for information on killing of District 49 transportation director

April 10, 2017 Updated: April 11, 2017 at 6:11 am
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photo - Richard Hammond.
Richard Hammond. 

The reward for information about the Valentine's Day killing of District 49's transportation director has increased from $2,000 to $12,000, according to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Richard "Gene" Hammond, 63, was shot while reportedly on his way to work on Valentine's Day, after leaving his house between 3:30 and 4 a.m., Denver police said. He was found behind the wheel of his 2012 silver Subaru Impreza, shot to death in an alley less than half a mile from his house near Bruce Randolph Avenue and York Street, police said.

Police are investigating Hammond's death as a homicide. No arrests have been announced.

"This man deserves justice," Jessica Moon, Hammond's daughter, told The Denver Post. "Someone should be held accountable to this."

Moon told The Post that her father served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than two decades. After leaving the military, he worked for Denver Public Schools until taking the El Paso County job.

Matt Meister, District 49 spokesman, told The Gazette in February that the news of Hammond's death was a shock to the district that had known him as "a kind, humble servant who loved his work and his people."

"We're really missing him," Meister said.

Meister described Hammond as "someone of high moral character" and said he leaves behind "a legacy of a caring culture and the right way of doing things."

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or send a text to 274637, titling it "DMCS." The tip line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and tips can remain anonymous.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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