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$50,000 Reward Offered In Case Of Slain UC Berkeley Student Seth Smith

BERKELEY (CBS SF) -- Berkeley police have announced a $50,000 reward being offered by the city for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a fatal shooting on Monday night.

Officers had responded at 11:34 p.m. Monday to a report of a man lying on the ground bleeding in the area of Dwight Way and Valley Street and found Seth Smith fatally shot.

Smith was a University of California at Berkeley student. He was 19 years old.

Police urged anyone with information to come forward and that "even the smallest detail could be critical in solving this crime."

Smith's mother, Michelle Rode-Smith urged people to come forward, writing on Twitter "I need #Berkeley's help. I can not rest until I know why my son Seth was taken from us. He enjoyed walking. He'd always been a night owl kid. He should not have been shot in the back of the head for walking on his street. This was in front of a house."

The Sacramento-area native was set to graduate next year with a double major in history and economics. His plan was to apply for graduate school at the London School of Economics, the school's newspaper, the Daily Cal, reported.

No arrest has been made in the case. Police said anyone with information is urged to call their homicide unit at (510) 981-5741 or the 24-hour police non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900.


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