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Hupy doubles reward in 20-year-old Milwaukee activist’s death to $50K

Michael Hupy doubled the reward for information in Tay Jackson's shooting death to $50,000 at a press conference Wednesday

Michael Hupy speaks on Wednesday at Hupy and Abraham’s offices in Milwaukee about his decision to double to $50,000 the award he’s offering for the capture of the person who killed a 20-year-old community activist in August. (Staff photo by Michaela Paukner)

Attorney Michael Hupy has doubled to $50,000 the reward for information in a 20-year-old Milwaukee community activist’s death.

Quanita “Tay” Jackson was killed in a drive-by shooting near Milwaukee’s Moody Park on Aug. 25. Jackson was a community activist and worked with the nonprofit COA Youth & Family Centers. Hupy first offered the original $25,000 reward for information in August and announced the increase to $50,000 at a press conferenceon Wednesday.

“Her death hit too close to home,” said Hupy, who had met Jackson a few times through her nonprofit work. “I had to stand up and do something.”

Milwaukee Police have been asking the public for help to find the shooter. Hupy said he had offered a $25,000 reward in another case, and it took years to get any information. To encourage people to come forward faster, he decided to double the reward. Hupy ended the press conference with a message to the shooter.

“Turn yourself in,” Hupy said. “Eventually, you will probably get caught, and it may be easier if you just turn yourself in now instead of killing someone else.”

Hupy said he is personally paying for the reward, and anyone who provides information to the police before the end of the year that leads to a conviction is eligible to receive it.

About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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