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Reward Offered For Information In Riverside Killing

UPDATE: A description of the two possible wallets Daniel Rowe was carrying at the time he was robbed was added.

A reward of $7,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a Riverside restaurant employee.

Two men are believed to have robbed the victim before shooting him in the head.

On Wednesday, July 22, at around 10 p.m., Daniel Rowe was taking out the trash behind the Blind Rabbit restaurant on King Street where he worked. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Tom Hackney says that’s when it’s believed two men approached the 20-year-old father of two, took his wallet at gunpoint and shot him.

At a press conference Wednesday, Hackney said, “The good thing about cowards? Coward run their mouths. We’re hoping that the two cowards that did this have ran their mouths to somebody else.”

And that somebody else could get at least $7,000 in exchange for information leading to an arrest. Firehouse Subs donated $5,000; Councilman Jim Love $500, and another private donor gave $1,500. Daniel Rowe’s mother Raelyn pleaded for anyone with tips to come forward.

She warned, “And make no mistake that if they did it to our son, who wouldn’t hurt a fly and would give the shirt off his back, then they’ll do it do anybody else.”

Credit Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Daniel Rowe was carrying a wallet similar to one of these when he was robbed and killed.

Police say the suspects stole Daniel Rowe’s wallet. Police believe he was carrying a wallet with a red logo from the video game Assassin's Creed (left). However, he may have been carrying a different wallet adorned with anthropomorphic tacos (right).

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP