On July 7th, 2012 at 10:00pm seventeen year old Ryan Connelly was shot and killed while walking home from the store in the 1600 Block of Wedekind Road in Reno, Nevada. Ryan had stopped at a friend’s apartment on the way home. After he left the apartment friends say, he walked back inside moments later and said “I’ve been shot" then collapsed. His mother, Deana Connelly-Crook, was called by a neighbor and was informed that Ryan had been hurt. When Deana ran down the street and found Ryan. She held her youngest child in her arms, screaming and pleading for him to breathe while he died. Nearly one month later this family has no answers, no justice, only the bitter, empty hole where a son should be. Over six feet tall, Ryan was the gregarious baby of the family. He had a rich laugh and a quick smile, and three weeks before he lost his life Ryan had become a father to a beautiful little girl. Though he’d faced troubles in his life he had turned his life around – he’d even been preparing to join the Navy in order to support his family. The police have no leads on this case, and Secret Witness has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals involved. If you have any information please contact Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or contact the Reno Police Department at 775-334-2188. The case number is RPD12-13080.
Secret Witness has assured me anyone who calls with information about this case will not be identified to the police or arrested if they have warrants. They are a volunteer organization. Please help this family if you have any information.