Sheriff pleas for help in fatal Kerman stabbing

FRESNO, Calif.

Snowden was murdered almost two months ago but his death remains unsolved. The victim's family is hoping an increase in reward money leads to the arrest of the individual responsible for the teenager's death.

In a tearful press conference at the Fresno County Sheriff's Department, a family was still mourning the loss of a son whose life was taken too soon.

"What happened to Lynn is a parent's worst fear for their child. So we're asking for help as a family has been completely devastated by this loss," said Michelle Ochoa, the victim's aunt.

Family members of Snowden joined Sheriff Margaret Mims in announcing an increase in reward money from $1,000 to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. Snowden was murdered outside a party in Kerman on October 22nd. The teen's family is still struggling to understand why this happened to their son.

"Marcus again was not involved in a gang, I think that's important in this. He was a young person who attended a party and a fight broke out and as a result he was murdered," said Mims.

Hours after he was killed, a crowd of Snowden's friends held a vigil outside Kerman High School where he was a senior and standout athlete. "It's been very painful for a lot of people and Lynn had many, many close friends and a lot of them loved him dearly," said Ochoa.

Detectives believe there was someone at the party who witnessed the murder. They want anyone to come forward and help with the investigation. "And while we remember we need to work hard because they no longer have a voice, their voice is gone," said Mims, referring to the victim. "And so the family and the Sheriff's office and I have to be the voice for them to hold those responsible accountable," said Mims.

Family members said they hope their emotional plead leads to their son's killer. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Sheriff's Department. Anonymous tips are also welcomed.

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