Denver Police have announced a monetary reward as they are investigating an arson attack that killed five family members – including two children – with ties to the West African country of Senegal.
A reward of $ 14,000 for information leading to an arrest was announced at a news conference that included a Senegalese representative to the United Nations, according to reports.
“Aside from money, what I’m asking is a sincere plea,” said Joe Montoya, the department’s chief of police. “I want people to look into their hearts … and understand that this was a thriving family. They were heading in the right direction.”
Gabriel and Aja Deol, their 3-year-old daughter Kadidia, Hassan Deol, and infant daughter, Hawa Bay, were killed in the fire. Hassan Deol and Gabriel Deol had two brothers.
Montoya said Gabriel Deol “was doing all the things he needed to do to provide his family with a wonderful life in America, and it all ended that day.
He said the investigators in charge of the case did not have any suspects and did not know if the crime was related to bias.
He said, “We do not want to convert the vision into a motive.” “There are some cases, on the front end, it is very clear the motive behind the crime. This is not one of those cases.”
The Denver Post reports that the fire has devastated Senegalese community in Colorado.
The newspaper quoted Senegalese Consul General El Hadj Ndaou as saying that people were traumatized in Senegal.
He said, “There is panic – almost anger. These are guys who are known to be peaceful.