For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Jamie Perkins, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5778

FAMILY MOURNS AS ANNIVERSARY NEARS - ONLY UNSOLVED HOMICIDE OF 2009

Berkeley, California (Monday, May 03, 2010) - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detail is reaching out to the community as the anniversary of the only unsolved homicide of 2009 approaches.  

On May 4, 2009 at 11:29 p.m., community members reported hearing gunfire in the 1300 block of 67th Street.  Patrol officers found Maurice Robertson, 18, of Berkeley, suffering from fatal gunshot wounds in the rear yard of a home in that block. 

The family is devastated by the loss of their beloved family member.  Charlene Adams, Robertson’s mother said, “It would really hurt my heart if I have to live the rest of my life without knowing what happened to my son”.

Detectives are looking to speak with someone they consider “a person of interest” who was seen by witnesses near the crime scene prior to the shooting.  Witnesses described the person as:

  •  Black male, 16-19 years old
  • 5’08” to 5’10” in height
  •  Wearing an orange Northface-style windbreaker jacket

The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward and the Bay Area Crime Stoppers has offered an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for Robertson’s murder. 

BPD Homicide Detectives urge anyone who has information regarding this case to come forward.  Anyone with information can contact the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the BPD non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900.  Callers can remain anonymous by calling the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Berkeley Police Department 

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