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Family of Slain Miami-Dade Corrections Officer Speaks Out, Reward Increased

The search to find the killer of a South Florida law enforcement officer is heating up as his family is speaking out amid an increase in the reward in the case.

It was at the end of January when corrections officer Daveon Hall was killed, shot in the chest at his apartment in Pembroke Pines.

"I would hope that by now something would come forward but unfortunately it has not," mother Barbara Drummond said Thursday. "That's one of the things I am pondering upon. That's one of the things that I don't know, don't know who, don't know why, have no idea."

Almost three months have passed since Drummond found her son killed inside his apartment. The 15-year veteran with the Miami-Dade Corrections Department didn't report for work and his mother went to see why.

"It really has brought on a stress, a strain," she said.

Crime Stoppers has now boosted the reward money from $3,000 to $10,000 in the case.

"My biggest hope is that someone will come forward," Drummond said.

Hall's co-workers and the head of the Organization of Minority Correction Officers, which does not officially represent the corrections department, want police to intensify their outreach.

"We'd like to see more public outreach to the degree that maybe we get something going in the public, we can start asking questions to the public, anybody have having knowledge this incident," organization member Corporal Corey Barney said.

Drummond's son went into law enforcement because his own father was murdered.

"And he thought that the best thing to do is to go to law enforcement so more than likely he would be eliminated from that kind of tragedy and unfortunately this is the same thing that he faced," she said.

Drummond said that Pembroke Pines Police share with her what they can. Police chose not to talk with NBC 6 on camera about the case Thursday saying that it continues its investigation.

If you have any information about what happened to Hall contact Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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