Neighbors donate thousands in reward money to find Federal Way killers

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The Crime Stoppers reward for information in Adam Gutierrez’s murder is now $17,000, with $16,000 of that from people who live in Federal Way.

Matthew Jarvis lives near the shooting that killed Gutierrez, who had just been out running with his dog. Jarvis said he won’t feel safe in his own neighborhood until the people responsible are caught.

“It could have been any of us,” said Jarvis, a Federal Way business owner. “It could have been me, it could’ve been my friends and it could’ve been my kids out walking. We walk over there all the time. When police say he was just walking, there was no criminal activity, that just blew all of our minds.”

It’s a crime that has shaken him and his neighbors to the core, so much so that he felt compelled to donate $5,000 to Crime Stoppers to help catch the shooter or shooters.

“I knew I couldn’t go out there and enforce the law, but I knew offering a reward could help and if it could have been my family and me, I would hope someone would step forward,” said Jarvis.

Adam’s death is just one of three Federal Way is investigating. Alex Kelley, the first of the three victims in early May was laid to rest this weekend.

“I long for that hug, I long to hear his voice again,” said Kelley’s sister Miryha Woods. “It would mean the world to our family to have some kind of closure, some kind of answer.”

Answers now a community is working together to get.

“It’s scary to think that person is still out there,” said Jarvis. “What’s next? Who’s next? We’re worried about where Federal Way is headed.”

People can still donate to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.