VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — $15,000 is on the table for anyone with information leading to DeShayla Harris's killer.
It’s been five and a half months since the 29-year-old was shot and killed in a chaotic night at the Oceanfront.
Virginia Beach police said Harris was a bystander who was struck by a stray bullet on March 26th in the 300 block of 19th Street.
Still, police say they don’t know who did it.
"My life is totally in chaos. I don’t sleep. I forget to eat," said DeShayla's mother, Elisheba Harris.
She said the last few months have been unbearable.
"I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy."
Now, The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it is offering as much as $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for a deadly shooting at the Oceanfront in March.
Crime Solvers, which usually offers $1,000 for tips, has bumped it up to $5,000 at the request of the Virginia Beach Police Department.
"Someone knows. You know, it’s just.. they’re just not speaking up," said Harris.
On Friday, a spokesperson for the police department said at this time, they don’t have anything to go on as to who is responsible for killing DeShayla.
Japharii Jones, a spokesperson for the family, said that is unacceptable.
"For people to be flying here from all over the world, to have no answers… that’s to say if you come here from anywhere across the world, something could happen to you and they’d have no answers for five months and some change," Jones said.
Harris said it shouldn’t take money to get information on who killed her daughter, but she is hopeful the reward will push someone to come forward.
"Please help me out. Please speak up like, you know, just think about it if it hit your front door. If it was your family member."
There were a number of shootings that night, including one involving a police officer who killed 25-year-old Donovon Lynch.
“ATF’s crime gun intelligence in conjunction with our newly formed strike force will continue to leverage investigative resources needed to pursue justice. We are also calling upon community members to provide any information that will assist us in locating and holding those involved accountable for this horrific act of gun violence," ATF Washington Field Division Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson said.
Author's Note: The video below is on file from May 27, 2021.