HOUSTON (KTRK) --Carroll Oliver was a beloved business owner known for giving back to his community, but the suspects who shot and killed him in cold blood last month remain on the run. Authorities are now hoping an increased reward could bring the suspected killers to justice.
"They didn't just take my dad's life, they took our lives too," said Stephanie Oliver, Carroll Oliver's daughter.
Stephanie, her brother, Cedric, and mother Jolene, wife of 50 years to Carroll, spoke at a Crime Stoppers of Houston press conference Monday, asking for the public's help.
"I know for so many people it's not really about the money, but for us it's just about having closure to whatever whoever has done this to my father," Stephanie said.
Crime Stoppers of Houston and the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspects. The reward is now $50,000 in the case. The reward was previously $35,000.
Oliver was shot on January 11, 2016, around 9:40am in the parking lot of his McDonald's restaurant, located in the 5300 block of the East Freeway.
Police say one black man and two Hispanic men intended to rob him. Investigators say one of the suspects shot Oliver during the robbery attempt, then fled westbound on the East Freeway in a white SUV. Oliver died at the scene.
Investigators say they've made progress with the case, but would not comment on the current status. Detectives say they continue to look at the possibility this was an inside job.
"The great irony in this is that the people who did this to him are the same people that he would give that same opportunity to," said Detective Fil Waters with the Houston Police Department.
If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).