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Lake Stevens residents raise money to find Seattle girl's killer

Lake Stevens residents raise money to find Seattle girl's killer »Play Video
Joe Neverkewitz, owner of Spirit World, a Lake Stevens liquor store, just launched an ambitious reward fund, hoping to find justice for a teenage girl.
A Snohomish County community has united in pursuit of a killer.

Two reward funds and a march on behalf of a Seattle girl shot to death on a Lake Stevens road are in the works.

Joe Neverkewitz, owner of Spirit World, a Lake Stevens liquor store, just launched an ambitious reward fund, hoping to find justice for 15-year-old Molly Conley.

It's been two weeks since a drive-by shooting in Lake Stevens claimed the life of Conley, who was a freshman at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle.

Neverkewitz wants to provide the right incentive that could help solve the crime.

"We've put together a charity fund. a reward fund to find the killer for little Molly," he said.

Neverkewitz didn't know Conley, but her murder has touched him deeply.

"I was full of anger, full of pain, full of sadness," he said.

Neverkewitz said he is channeling that emotion, with a pledge to raise $25,000 to help find the killer.

"I feel like I have to do something," he said. "Not just for me but for Molly and her family and our community."

The teenager was walking with friends on a Saturday night, June 1st, when someone in a passing car shot her. She had just been celebrating her 15th birthday.

Police have identified no suspects or motive, and are pleading for information.

"That it could have been my son it could have easily been any of the kids around here," Erin Moody of Lake Stevens said.

Moody's son happened to be out walking that evening, too.

He and his mom saw the ambulances.

"What do you do?" she said. "It's just not right to sit back and do nothing. You feel helpless and you shouldn't be helpless."

That's why she contacted the Problem Solvers---to let others know there is a way to help.

"When I read the paper that these local folks were putting together a reward fund I thought yes, this is it. I need to get that information out there to people, not just in this community," she said.

Neverkewitz hopes raising the money will provide an incentive, he hopes, that will compel somebody who knows something, to step forward.

"If their guilty conscience isn't enough to do it hopefully the reward fund will be," he said.

Donations to this new reward fund can be made at any Chase Bank branch.

The American Legion has also launched a reward fund.

And on Monday, the community will hold a "March for Molly" at 6 p.m.