Crime Fighters: $20,000 reward offered in murder of Karon Payne

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A smile crosses her face when Robin Payne talks about her son, Karon.

"He was a very jolly and family person. He joked around a lot, he was such a joker," said Payne. "He loved his children, he loved them. Just was a guy who was always about his friends and his family," said Payne.

On Sept. 14, 2015, at about 10:30 p.m., police were called to the intersection of South 24th and Montrose streets in South Philadelphia.

When they arrived, they found the 21-year-old lying in the street with several gunshot wounds.

"I got a phone call that evening from my sister, and she called me and she said you must get to the hospital. Karon is shot," said Payne.

He died at the hospital.

"I went to the emergency room where all the family was at, and I started screaming and hollering and said someone needs to start talking and tell who shot my son," said Payne.

Witnesses told police that the shooter fled the scene on a bike. And Payne says someone did tell her something else.

"I had one guy, I don't know him, I never seen him before, that told me he knew who killed my son, but he did not tell me who the killer was," said Payne.

She hopes a hefty reward will give her that answer.

The City of Philadelphia is offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

"I'm not mad at him because God has something planned for everyone. I just want him to turn himself in," said Payne.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 215-546-TIPS.
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