Friday, September 19, 2014


Two years after the murder of 7-year-old Kristyana Jackson, a cash reward of $6,000 is being offered to anyone who provides a tip that leads to the arrest of those responsible. (Photo supplied)

A procession comes out of Agape Missionary Baptist Church as pallbearers carry Kristyana Jackson's casket after the funeral in Elkhart on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (Evey Wilson/The Elkhart Truth)

In this 2012 file photo, Kimi Jackson, left, wipes a tear from her face as she and her husband, John talk about their daughter, Kristyana, during an interview at their Elkhart home. John is holding their young son, John Jr. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

In this 2012 file photo, the Jackson family including parents Kimi, left, and John, Sr., holding John Jr., and a portrait of their daughter, Kristyana as they pose for a portrait in their Elkhart home. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

In this file photo from 2012, John Jackson Jr. touches a large portrait of his sister, Kristyana, who was killed in a home invasion. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)
Crime Stoppers offers reward for info on 2012 murder of Kristyana Jackson
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.

Two years after the murder of 7-year-old Kristyana Jackson, a cash reward of $6,000 is being offered to anyone who provides a tip that leads to the arrest of those responsible.

On the night of Aug. 17, 2012, Kristyana Jackson was returning to her home on Kilbourn Street with her mother, Kimi Jackson, after a high school football game at Elkhart Memorial. As they approached the side door of the house, they were confronted by two masked and armed suspects, according to Michiana Crime Stoppers

John Jackson was inside taking care of the couple’s 8-month-old baby when he heard his wife scream.

He rushed to the door and grabbed Kristyana in attempt to shield her as the suspects fired guns. He and his daughter were both shot.

John Jackson was treated and released from the hospital. Kristyana underwent emergency brain surgery that night to combat brain swelling, but died two days later at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

The $6,000 reward has been offered by the family and community donors, and will be paid anonymously. 

Those with additional information about Jackson’s murder are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-342-STOP or 574-288-STOP. Crime Stoppers does not have caller ID, and tipsters are not asked to give their names.

Information can also be submitted securely online at www.MichianaCrimeStoppers.com or through the same link on the Michiana Crime Stoppers Facebook page.