Reward increased to $50K in murder of high school soccer standout

MAPLEWOOD, New Jersey (WABC) -- The reward offered for information in the murder of a high school soccer player in New Jersey has increased to $50,000.

Moussa Fofana, an 18-year-old junior who played varsity soccer at Columbia High School, was shot and killed June 6 at Underhill Field.

The increased reward includes $10,000 from a former town mayor who is trying to raise more funds from others.

"The most important thing is justice for Moussa Fofana, we want to see the person or persons responsible for his murder apprehended," said former Mayor Fred Profeta.

There is already a push to rename the field in Fofana's honor.

A GoFundMe page set up to help cover funeral costs had raised more than $128,000.

Friends previously said Fofana was driven to succeed.

"He was one of the hardest working persons I know," friend Joshua Billec said. "I'll wake up in the morning sometimes and I'd have a SnapChat or video from him, and it would be from last night at like 10 p.m. and he'd be at the soccer field in the middle of winter at 10 with just a flashlight on, training. It was his dream to go pro, and I feel like he had the talent and the work ethic to do it."

A 17-year-old classmate was also shot in the incident and was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

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