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Reward Is Increased In Local Bus Passenger Murder Case

By Charles Rogers
Reward Is Increased In Local Bus Passenger Murder Case By Charles Rogers

Reward Is Increased In Local Bus Passenger Murder Case By Charles Rogers

The family of Corey Pelzer, the 22-year-old who was shot and killed on a bus in Canarsie last month, has offered $20,000 as reward money for the arrest and conviction of the youth’s killer or killers, police said. That amount, added to more than $2,000 offered by Mayor Giuliani and the city would put the total reward offered at about $25,000.

"There may be more money being offered," said Detective Sergeant Kevin Kirby of the 69th Precinct, "but all the details haven’t yet been solidified at this time."

A poster distributed by the victim’s family offers the reward and notes: "This young man, 22 years of age, was a good person and a hard worker. If you have any information, "PLEASE"! We beg you to come forward."

In order to receive the reward money, those with information only need to call (800)577-TIPS or the local detective squad at 257-6215. All calls will be kept confidential and the reward payment will be made by way of a code number so the caller’s name will remain completely anonymous.

Corey Pelzer, who lived on East 95th Street, was seated in the rear of the B-82 bus traveling east on Flatlands Avenue at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th when he was shot once in the head as the vehicle passed the corner of East 84th Street.

The lone gunman jumped off the bus and fled, apparently south on East 84th Street towards Avenue J.

The driver of the bus immediately called police and Emergency Medical Service paramedics took Pelzer to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The bus driver and other witnesses told police they heard no particular arguing or harsh words between the victim and his killer, although a friend of the victim was overheard saying the shooter told Corey to turn down his Walkman before shooting him. That report could not be confirmed.

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