Vigil held for New Port Richey shooting victim

- It's been more than a month since someone shot 26-year-old Jarrell Tomlin to death in the breezeway of a New Port Richey hotel, and his family is counting on a vigil to encourage people to come forward and help police make an arrest.

New Port Richey police say Tomlin had just checked into the Magnuson Hotel off U.S. 19 on September 19, when he was shot multiple times and found dead on the second floor.

Police have not spoken about any leads and have not revealed a motive for the shooting. A person of interest was questioned, but later cleared.

Saturday, Tomlin's sister Latasia Tomlin organized a vigil, hoping it would coax any witnesses to come forward.

"If anybody knows anything or was even there that night or the night before if they could just give that information to police and let them know so that we can get this case solved," pleaded Tomlin.

Lastasia Tomlin says her brother is the father to an unborn child. He had an associate's degree in business and enjoyed adventures.

"He was loved by everyone. He was a giver. He had a big heart," she said.

The family is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. CrimeStoppers is also offering a $3,000 reward.
 

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