For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, S-6, BPD, (510) 981-5881

CITY OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION
Police looking for suspects responsible for City's second homicide in 2007

Berkeley, California (Monday, July 16, 2007) - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the City’s second homicide of 2007. 

On Friday, June 8, 2007, Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a call from an employee of a multi-unit apartment building in West Berkeley. The employee, who works for the property management of 1040 University Avenue, requested that officers check the welfare of a tenant that he had not seen for some time.

Officers entered the fourth floor apartment and found Terrence Marlow Broadnax, 46, dead inside. Detectives of the BPD Homicide Detail have been investigating the matter as a homicide since the discovery. Broadmax died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Approximately a month earlier on May 6, 2007, BPD responded to a report of a man lying in the roadway in the area of Second and Cedar Streets in northwest Berkeley. Officers found the City of Berkeley’s first murder victim of the year, Agustine James Silva, Jr. 19, of Antioch at the scene. In that case, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office determined that Silva died of multiple blunt force injuries. The City of Berkeley announced a $15, 000 reward for information in that case on May 25, 2007.

Detectives are asking for the community’s help with these investigations. Anyone who may have any information regarding these crimes is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the non-emergency dispatch line at 981-5900.

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