FREDERICK, MD- It's been almost seven months since Lamont Ellis was shot to death near Mullinix Alley. Police say they don't have any suspects yet, so his family is springing into action.
Jennifer Sisler wears a promise ring around her neck, since she never had a chance to marry Ellis.
"It's extremely difficult," Sisler says. "In just a day-to-day basis it's a struggle for me now with instantly becoming a single parent."
Ellis' family and friends have put together a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.
"We just want people to be aware that there is a murderer on the streets," Sisler says. "Lamont was just an innocent victim walking back to his car, and it could be anyone."
Frederick City Police hope the reward can help them crack the case.
"At this point, we don't have any suspects. However, we are appreciative that the family has put together the reward money. We're hoping to generate tips with that. The best thing for people to do is call the tip line at 301-600-TIPS," says Sgt. Joe Hayer, with the Frederick City Police Department.
Sisler and Ellis have a 21-month-old son together, and Ellis had three other daughters.
"People would call him and say, 'Can you help me move,' at the last minute, and he would be there in two seconds to help you move a couch or if you needed to do this or that," Sisler says. "He was always there to help everyone out."
Now Ellis' friends and family hope to help bring in tips through the reward money.
"We are really looking for justice in this case," Sisler says. "Lamont had his children an his family, a lot of friends, and a lot of people that really cared about him. We just feel we need the closure."
Sisler says the family will never give up and let this become a cold case. They're hoping to continue building the reward fund and bring some closure to this tragic situation.
Sisler has set up a Facebook page with information on the reward and events for Ellis being held throughout the community. To go to it, click here.
Donations are being accepted toward the reward being offered. An account has been set up at the M&T Bank. Donations can be made at any M&T in the account "Lamont G. Ellis Reward Fund."
They can also be sent to:
The Lamont G. Ellis Reward Fund
P.O. Box 662
Washington Grove, MD 20880