Firefighters add $1,000 to reward designed to find justice for Laylah Washington

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Fire Fighters Association added $1,000 to the reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who killed 2-year-old Laylah Washington.

Laylah was shot and killed in June after someone fired shots into the car she was riding in. Laylah's mother frantically drove to the fire station on Winchester Avenue after her baby was shot in the head.

A few days later, Laylah died. Her killer still has not been captured.

Police released pictures and video of the suspects and the car they were driving, but so far, there have been no arrests.

Laylah is gone, but the Memphis Fire Fighters Association is helping to make sure she's never forgotten.

"Some things have more impact than others and this is one of them," said Thomas Malone, President of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association.

The firefighters said they are stepping up for Laylah and hope to prevent this from happening to anyone else. They also said it's personal because Laylah was brought to their station.

The total reward for information leading to the arrest of Laylah's murderer is $18,092.

The funds for the reward so far come from the following organizations:

  • $1,000 from Crime Stoppers (The highest reward they can pay)
  • $1,000 from Memphis Firefighters Association
  • $1,092 from individual donations
  • $5,000 from Memphis City Council
  • $10,000 from Governor Bill Haslam

Memphis Fire Fighters Association called on the community to pitch in and help increase the pot to at least $20,000.

"This is a giving city, we've seen that time and time again," Malone said. "We're stepping out here in hoping we can be the lead dog, so to speak, on doing a little. A bunch of little can make a lot, and I think somebody will come forward."

To claim the reward, you can leave an anonymous tip at 528-CASH.

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