DENVER (CBS4) – In May of 2009, Ivory Mefford was shot and killed in the 1600 block of E. 31st Ave. in Denver but the case has remained unsolved for ten years. But now there may be new hope. A person, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has donated $38,000 to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers to help find the person responsible for his death. The reward for information in the case is now $50,000.

Ivory Mefford (credit: Denver Police)

Mefford was found lying on the sidewalk, between a bus stop bench and the grass. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“We believe… this will be maybe the break that we need to get the information we need leading to the arrest of the person involved in the murder of Ivory Mefford,” said Michael Mills, Board President for Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. “Special rewards do work. We’ve seen it in the past.”

Mefford’s mother, Patricia Rush, spoke briefly at a news conference on Thursday morning.

“First I’d like to thank the donor, it’s just a miracle. I can’t thank them enough for coming forward to help try to solve this case,” Rush said. “We just want somebody to come forward, it’s been 10 and a half years. Come forward and do the right thing… so Ivory can rest in peace.”

Patricia Rush (credit: CBS)

“It’s just been too long. We’ve got to have some closure here, so please come forward, please,” Rush pleaded. “Do the right thing, let his family rest.”

In a video released by Denver police in 2016, Rush said “Ivory had a gentle heart… he was just a sweet, sweet man… This violence needs to stop, no mother, no parent should ever bury their child. He was my only child.”

“Please, I know people know what’s out there. They need to come forward and do the right thing,” Rush said in the video. “If you can’t come forward, you’re just as guilty as the person who shot the bullet.”

Anyone with information can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or submit the information online. You can remain anonymous and still be eligible for the reward.

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