Friends of St. Petersburg widower set up reward fund

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St. Petersburg, Florida - Family and friends of Richard Shaw say they want to honor his memory. They also want to heal and gain closure.

To do that, they are setting up a reward fund through Wells Fargo Bank so that people can donate and help catch the men who murdered their loved one.

Shaw was killed when four men burst into his home this past June. It was all caught on a home surveillance camera.

What adds insult to injury is that Shaw had already lost his beloved wife to cancer.

Family and friends will released the bank fund information on Monday.

Investigators, in the last month, have identified the second of four suspects wanted in the deadly home invasion that left the father and widower dead.

Surveillance video from 44-year-old Rick Shaw's home shows his killers kicking in his front door.

As he reached for his own gun to defend himself and his adult son, police say Shaw was shot in the upper body. He died at the hospital.

So far, one suspect, 28-year-old Charles Stone, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Detectives are now searching for 23-year-old Justin Maurice Hart. Hart has numerous tattoos to include; inside his left forearm of burning buildings with the words "Da Burg" underneath, "Ronnie" on right wrist and "Vannessa" on his left wrist.

St. Petersburg police say Hart was released from prison in 2010 on charges of burglary assault and burglary. He now has a warrant for first-degree murder.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

Homicide detectives are offering a reward for information that leads to Hart's whereabouts and arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.

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