Family raises $15,000 for reward money to help find 18-year-old’s killer

MEMPHIS, TENN. — A Memphis family is praying whoever took the life of their loved one doesn’t get away with it

18-year-old Ronnie Ware was shot and killed while attending a graduation party at the Juice Event Hall in Frayser on June 4.

Nearly two months later, no arrests have been made, leaving his family with few answers.

His family said they’ll never stop pushing for answers. That’s why they’ve raised $15,000 in reward money to help find his killer.

Ware’s mother Nakita Cannady said she and her husband contributed $10,000.

The remaining money came from Memphis Crimestoppers and donations from friends.

“We decided to go ahead and put up the money because the detectives didn’t have any information last time we talked to them,” Cannady said.

Cannady said her son was an entrepreneur, loved helping people, and was well-liked.

Cannady told FOX13 he was at the party for less than 20 minutes before she got the call he was shot.

“For this to happen, we’re like, why would you want to hurt someone who is barely going to fight back?”

Now, Ware’s family is looking for closure.

They’re hoping the cash reward will encourage someone to do the right thing and come forward

“If y’all are holding information, you’re just as guilty as the ones who shot my baby,” Cannady said.

The reward money is with the Memphis Crimestoppers.

If you know anything about this crime, you’re asked to call them at 528-CASH. You can remain anonymous.