Family hopes large reward brings closure

April 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
New developments emerged Monday night in a cold case investigation in the South Bay. San Jose Police have released new sketches of the gunmen who killed 47-year-old Vahid Hosseini. Also on Monday, the governor announced a major increase in the reward being offered. Now, the family is hopeful these developments will lead to the killers.

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It's easy to walk by a flier and not give it a second glance, but Cassandra Hosseini says she'll never look at something like this the same again.

"Now when I look at it I see a family, before I just saw a picture," said Cassandra.

This flier features her family, her father-- Vahid Hosseini. It asks for any information about the people who shot and killed him.

"These monsters took someone special away from us and on the day our youngest daughter was supposed to walk down with her degree in criminal justice," said LeeAnn Hosseini.

The murder happened almost a year ago, but new leads have recently come in and police now have sketches of what the killers look like. The Hosseini family put those sketches on fliers and sent their friends out to distribute them.

The family members think the killers live in the neighborhood so they hope to saturate one square mile with 8,000 of the fliers.

"We need these people taken off the streets and thrown in jail because these people committed crime in broad daylight and that just shows they're willing to kill again," said Cassandra.

Hosseini was shot after withdrawing $50,000 from the Bank of the West on South First Street. He got the money every week for the check cashing service he provided inside his San Jose store on Willow Street. Even San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is pleading for help in the case.

"He was engaged in the community, doing good work, and his life was taken from him at early age," said Mayor Reed.

The governor's office announced it will give $50,000 for information in the case, bringing the reward to $90,000. Since money motivated the murderers, the family hopes money will also convince someone to turn them in.

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