Friday 9 June, 2017
FAMILY OFFERS REWARD/APPEALS FOR INFORMATION IN MURDER - Tomorrow, June 10 will mark exactly three months since the untimely murder of Ashburn Dawson perpetrated by an individual, who, despite the RVIPF's vigilant efforts, remains at large.
The family is now offering a reward for information that will help the RVIPF in identifying a suspect in this investigation.
Ashburn’s mother, Leoniece Thomas-Francis, hopes the reward will encourage someone to come forward and help to bring some closure to this tragedy.
“I would have never imagined that I would lose a child in such a tragic manner. The pain and anguish is overwhelming at times and my heart just cries out for relief. Persons around may not understand but God does. However, just as painful as the loss is the fact that a person living in the community I live in, is walking around, sharing my space, free to do this again to someone else’s son. It keeps me awake at night. It should bother all of us.
“To date the murder remains unsolved and that is why the family is offering a reward, for any information that may be linked to the arrest and prosecution of the murderer,” she said.
Ashburn’s aunt, Lena Thomas, remembers him as a humble, kind and loving young man who was hardworking and decent. He was 31 years old and the father of one son.
“We loved Ashburn dearly - he brought so much happiness to all our lives and, while we know that we can never bring him back, we feel that through closure of this investigation and bringing his murderer to justice, we may be able to move past all the deep hurt, pain and frustration that we continue to grapple with daily. The pain we all continue to feel is indescribable -- a pain that no mother, no family member should ever have to endure.
“We would not wish Ashburn's death to be added to the statistics of unsolved murders. It is with this in mind that the family has pooled resources and made the decision to offer a financial reward for information leading to the arrest and ultimate prosecution of the perpetrator in this crime. It is our hope and sincere prayer that persons will be encouraged to come forward and provide any information which will assist the Police in their investigation. Please help us - please support our family in our endeavor to get justice for Ashburn,” she said.
Information that would be helpful to the Major Investigation Team now is where Ashburn was prior to 9:30pm on March 10 when he was shot. Was someone following him that evening or was the gunman waiting for him at that location near the Sunday Morning Well on the Friday night of March 10?
Detectives don’t know exactly where Ashburn had been that evening, who he was with and who he had been speaking to prior to him being shot. Did he have an argument with someone? Was there some other motive for wanting him dead?
Persons with this information can contact the Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Joe Goff or one of his team directly at 368-9410. All information will be treated sensitively and with the highest level of confidentiality.