$10K reward offered for information in fatal shooting of 2-year-old girl in Hammond

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HAMMOND, Ind. — The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old Hammond girl on July 29.

Joette “JoJo” Molene was strapped into a car seat in the back of her mother’s vehicle near the 6900 block of Barrie Lynn Road when she was apparently caught in a crossfire and fatally shot. Police said the vehicle appeared to have its rear driver’s side window shot out.

JoJo was flown to a Chicago children’s hospital, where she later died, according to police. Her mother Ronnica Taylor spoke publicly for the first time during a press conference Thursday with the Hammond Police Department.

“It’s really hard, every day, knowing she’s gone. And all I want is justice for her,” said Taylor. “I understand people get scared to come forward with stuff like this, but it’ll really help if someone comes forward.”

Veteran Hammond Detective Captain Ezequiel Hinojosa was overcome with emotion as she spoke about the toddler who, “barely got the opportunity to enjoy life.”

The FBI says they are working shoulder-to-shoulder with the Hammond Police Department to bring justice for JoJo, and are offering a $10,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of whoever pulled the trigger.

Danny Youmara, the FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Indianapolis, said the “full resources” of the FBI are going towards finding her killer. 

Investigators and detectives working this case says no piece of information is too small, and urge anyone with information related to this shooting to contact the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office at (317) 595-4000, the Hammond Police Department Investigations Division at (219) 852-2906, or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

You may also contact your local FBI office, or nearest American Embassy or Consulate.


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