- Posted September 10, 2012 by
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Nancy Grace takes your questions
Justice for Ryan
On 9/8/2012 the Connelly-Crook family held a candlelight vigil for their murdered family member Ryan Connelly age 17. They had been told by News director Jennifer Hardy of the KOLO 8 news station they would be there to cover the vigil. They never showed up. In fact all the Reno news stations were invited but not one news source showed up. Over 100 people met on the spot where Ryan was found shot in the chest and bled to death in his mother's arms.
My questions for Nancy are, what makes the murder of one child more important to report on the news than another child's murder? Why won't the news stations in Reno Nevada show Ryan's family the same consideration that they have shown to other families of murdered children? Here is Ryan’s story.
On July 7th, 2012 at 10:00pm Ryan Connelly, a seventeen year old unarmed young man, 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 witnesses 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 two months 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.