Fresno City Council President Clint Olivier is raising by $2,000 the Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who killed Casey “K.C” Haggard, the transgender woman slain two years ago on Blackstone Avenue.
The reward will now sit at $7,000, and Olivier hopes that will get more people talking. “It’s two years later and we still haven’t got him yet,” Olivier said by phone Monday. “I hope more people will come forward.”
Haggard was killed in the early morning hours of July 23, 2015, after walking up to the passenger side of an SUV on Blackstone and Cornell avenues. The driver stabbed her in the neck, according to surveillance video.
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Haggard was just transitioning and hadn’t told her family yet when she was killed, according to Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chairman of Trans-E-Motion, who hosted a vigil Saturday night where Olivier announced the increased reward.
For Olivier, finding Haggard’s killer is also personal. “I live less than a mile away with my family. It hit home for me,” he said. “Everyone is horrified by the sickening nature of the killing. That whole area is surrounded by homes and kids, a very diverse part of town.”
Last year, at the one-year anniversary, police offered little other than to say the investigation is open and active. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man in his mid- to late 30s. He is around 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds with tattoos on both arms and short, dark hair. The man drove a silver Saturn SUV with a moon roof and some unidentified markings on the front passenger’s door.