Crime Fighters: $42,000 reward offered in shooting death of Matthew Novak

NORTHERN LIBERTIES (WPVI) -- Matt Novak Sr. says eight years has been long enough, it's time to bring his son's killers to justice.

"I can't believe these guys are still running around the streets. I gotta tell ya, I mean, I get angrier and angrier every time this time of the year," said Matt Novak Sr., father.

On Sept. 28, 2008, 24-year-old Matthew Novak and two friends were headed home from Philadelphia's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade when their car broke down at 6th and Green streets in Northern Liberties.

Surveillance video shows a blue Chevy Impala with three men inside stopping to help.

Novak got into the car with them, and they drove to 13th and Fairmount.

As Novak got out of the car, they shot him in the leg. He later died at the hospital.

The blue Chevy had New Jersey tags, but the license is difficult to read.

"I would just want someone to come forward, someone to just, there's a $42,000 reward, so if it's not for a good heart, do it for the money. I mean that's a lot of cash, it can go a long way," said Matt Novak Sr.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS or call 215-686-TIPS.

Novak says the sudden loss of his son still haunts him.

"We were very close. We were friends. I miss that a lot. I really do," said Matt Novak Sr.
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