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Reward offered for information about first murder in Willowick in 8 years

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 18:29:38-04

It has been nearly a decade since Willowick police have been called to investigate a murder.

That all changed in the early morning hours of April 13 with a brazen killing inside a packed Willowick Cafe. 

"There is some speculation and belief it was a gang-affiliated, targeted hit," said Willowick Police Chief Brian Turner.

Turner said the shooter walked in the back door, shot 26-year-old Derrick Durden-Moore three times and walked out the same door he came in.

"Our shooter, still unidentified, came in, hood up, completely covered head-to-toe," he added.

The FBI became involved in this case early in the investigation.

"They are taking a real hard-line stance on gang crime, violent crime. They were more than happy to come out and help us," said Turner.

The search for the killer has gone cold. Now, the FBI and Willowick police are offering a $5,000 reward for information in this case.

"You have someone out there who could do this again to someone else. We don't want to see that," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kim Schwarting. "We want to get this person in custody," she added.

If you have any information about this murder, you are asked to call the FBI at 216-522-1400 or the Willowick Police Department at 440-585-1234.