Police Offer Reward In Year’s 1st Murder

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 29, 2007

Berkeley Police Friday announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the killer who claimed the life of Berkeley’s first murder victim of 2007. 

BPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Mary Kusmiss also gave a name to the victim, 19-year-old Augustine Silva of Antioch. 

The young man’s body was discovered about 6:30 a.m. May 6 by an employee arriving for work at Second and Cedar streets. Sgt. Kusmiss said he had been slain by multiple blunt force blows. 

She asked anyone with information on the crime to call BPD’s Homicide Detail at 981-5741, or the department switchboard at 981-5900.