Police, family ramp up efforts to catch teen's killer

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PHOENIX - One month after 19-year-old Brandon Gongora was fatally shot while playing basketball, his family and police are pleading with the public for help in catching his killer.

On Saturday morning Gongora's family and friends gathered at the scene of the shooting at Trailside Point Park in west Phoenix to distribute flyers to homes in the area.

Police say Gongora was playing basketball with friends around 9:30 p.m. on May 9 when two groups got in an altercation and someone took out a rifle and began firing in the crowd.

Gongora was shot and killed. Police say he was not involved in the fight, but merely at the wrong place at the wrong time. He had just graduated from Cesar Chavez High School.

An estimated 20 to 30 other people were in the park at that time but so far no one has come forward with information about the gunman.

Silent Witness is now offering a $1,000 reward in hopes that will encourage tips.

The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 18 or 20. Police say he may have been driving a maroon or burgundy PT Cruiser.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS 480-948-6377 or visit silentwitness.org.