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Reward offered in unsolved Manassas Park murder

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MANASSAS PARK, Va. (WJLA-) The family of the late Michael Cole is hoping a $15,000 reward will lead to a break in the case of his still-unsolved slaying.

Cole was found shot to death on Dec. 27 on Robin Lee Court in the Belmont Station neighborhood of Manassas Park, a small city between Centreville and Manassas.

Now almost four months later, no arrest has been made.

When he was alive, Cole was the happiest when he was embracing his 4-year-old son and his 2-year-old daughter, family members told WJLA.

"He was there for people. He loved his children and he loved his family," Cole's sister Kathy Evans said.

This is what makes his death so hard to believe. He was a man focused on his family and work, Evans said.

The body of the 38-year-old Federal government IT specialist was found just before 6 a.m. between two cars, police said.

"(He) didn't really have any enemies, so it's been hard to fathom who could have done this," Evans said.

Manassa Park resident Mike Halloway and his family live right across from where Cole lived before he was shot.

"I was shocked," Halloway said. "If you look around the neighborhood, you would never think something like that would happen here."

Manassas Park's last reported murder was almost six years ago, in 2008.

Manassas Park Police said they have no new information to release about the case, which remains under investigation.

The reward money is being offered by police, along with Cole's family and friends.

 

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