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January 26, 2022: District Attorney Gascón, Other Leaders Seek Community’s Help to Find Killer of 16-Year-Old Tioni Theus

Greg Risling, Assistant Chief
(213) 257-2000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón was joined today by other local leaders to announce rewards totaling $110,000 that lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who killed Tioni Theus.

“Sixteen-year-old Tioni was murdered in cold blood and her killer has yet to be brought to justice,” District Attorney Gascón said. “We are asking for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator so that we may hold this person accountable.”

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to Tioni Theus’s family and all that mourn this unimaginable loss,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. “It is my hope that the rewards shared today help bring forth answers and justice for Tioni’s loved ones and the South LA community that shares the pain of this tragedy. Tioni Theus was loved. She was a promising student and like many 16 year olds, she enjoyed dancing and hanging out with her friends. Tioni and her family were robbed of her right to grow up and live a full life. I am asking members of the public that have any information that can help investigators to please step forward and contact the anonymous tip line at (888) 412-7463.”

"My colleagues and I joined together to introduce a reward motion that crosses county, city and district boundaries to encourage anyone who knows the perpetrator to come forward and bring peace to Tioni’s family, friends and our South Los Angeles community,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “We must continue to publicly condemn violence against women and girls and remain an active voice in the call for justice." Assemblymember Mike Gipson said: “I am OUTRAGED! She was someone's daughter, sister, cousin, friend that was taken from us too soon! No family should have to bear the burden of losing their child

in this matter. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER. Whether Tioni's DNA matched ours or not, she is OUR daughter and we will not rest until we find the cowards who did this. I stepped up to the plate and connected with CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray to request the Governor to utilize the Crime Tip Reward Program that would allow him to offer a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of this crime. I am committed to join the fight for Justice for Tioni and applaud the efforts of our leaders over at LA City Council and LA County. We need answers NOW!”

Troubled by the brutal and callous nature of the crime, city, county and state officials have rallied together and pledged $110,000 in rewards for the arrest and conviction in connection with Tioni’s death. Los Angeles County is offering $10,000, the city of Los Angeles is offering $50,000 and state officials have dedicated $50,000.

California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Jesus Holguin urged anyone with information to contact the California Highway Patrol’s Major Crimes Unit at (323) 644-9550.

View today’s news conference here: