Reward amount increased for information on drive-by shootings that killed three children

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three young lives lost and a community rocked by their murders still unsolved.

Governor Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he is offering a reward for information in drive-by shootings that killed three Memphis children to hopefully break these cases wide open.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich told FOX13 money ought not to be the driving factor for people to come forward in these cases but it should help.

“Hopefully it motivates someone in this community to pick up the phone and do the right thing,” said Weirich.

Weirich hoped the $20,000 in reward money will make people do what’s right and long overdue.

Jadon Knox, 10, was shot and killed on Jan. 19 in Orange Mound.

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According to police, Knox was possibly shot by a man in a white Nissan Altima or Infiniti with a black bumper.

The very next night another drive-by shooting killed 6-year-old Ashlyn Luckett and her 16-year-old uncle Lequan Boyd in Hickory Hill.

Shelby County’s top prosecutor said “these three children lost their lives in a matter of days in our community. If that doesn’t get your attention, then something is wrong.”

Weirich said the cases are not at a dead end.

“Let’s not forget Laylah Washington," Weirich said. "Let’s not forget Lorenzen Wright. Many of the cases that grab the headlines. We never forget and it takes a little time”

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Both crimes happened in January but police said the shootings were unrelated.

Law enforcement sources with the Memphis Police told FOX13 they interviewed potential witnesses but have been unable to crack the code of silence in Orange Mound and Hickory Hill.

An MPD spokesperson said, " Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of Jadon Knox, Ashlyn Luckett, and Lequan Boyd. We are hopeful with these additional rewards that someone will step up and do the right thing by turning in the ones that are responsible for these senseless murders. Our investigators continue to work these cases and will not stop until justice has been served."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.