GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The reward has increased for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest in the October death of a man outside a shuttered Grand Rapids church.
On Monday, Silent Observer said the reward was now $7,500 for tips leading to the person or persons responsible for the murder of Santino “Taco” Ysasi. The money came from an anonymous donor.
“This individual was really concerned about this terrible crime against Santino Ysasi and wants to be able to entice people to come forward if they have any information,” Jennifer Reynolds, the executive director of Silent Observer West Michigan, said.
Ysasi, 46, died Oct. 19 behind the now-closed Saint James Catholic Church on Bridge Street NW on the city’s West Side. He was homeless at the time and often spent his nights behind the church.
In February, the Grand Rapids Police Department released images of a person of interest in the case. The video and photos show the last person who was in the area before Ysasi died.
Silent Observer hoped that the large reward would help find whoever killed Ysasi.
“This is a major, major loss to their family, certainly a brutal crime and it’s very important that we are able to bring the perpetrator to justice and bring some justice and perhaps some peace to the Ysasi family,” Reynolds said.
Anyone with information about the person of interest is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.