Crime Stoppers rewards up to $ 10,000 for hit and run in July

“He’s always had a sense of humor, always funny, always made us laugh,” said the 42-year-old sister of Joseph Hearn.

HOUSTON – On a busy stretch of road, amid the hum of planes landing at Hobby Airport, is a reminder of the loss of Jonika Herrera.

“It will always be a memory for us,” she said, pointing to the cross and the flowers her family has planted. “Every day I wake up is a struggle to know that I have lost my loved one.”

She was the older sister of Joseph Hearn who grew up in Houston.

“He’s always had a sense of humor, always funny, always made us laugh,” Herrera said.

However, her life was cut short at 42.

“I don’t know if he was coming to visit me, if he was going to the store,” she said.

Hearn was killed on July 31 in a 5:10 a.m. hit-and-run accident in the Block 6900 of Telephone Road. The only clue, hard to see, but a surveillance photo released by Houston Police of a White Dodge Charger. The model maybe 2011 to 2013, with the front bumper and grille can be removed.

Hit and run can be the most difficult to solve, and Crime Stoppers is hoping that an increased reward of up to $ 10,000 will grab someone’s attention.

“We just want to help get justice for this family,” said Nicole Christoph of Crime Stoppers of Houston. “Someone may be happy with $ 5,000, but may not know about it. While the $ 10,000 can be tantalizing. to someone else especially during the holidays ”

The holidays, which make it even more difficult for this sister to face the death of her brother. While waiting and hoping, someone will speak.

“It will be some relief to know that they did the right thing, we can start to move forward,” she said.

If you have any information on Joseph Hearn’s case, call Crime stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

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Mark M. Gagnon