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Four months after 68-year-old Don Ly, a Vietnamese immigrant with a wife and four children was killed, his family is still searching for answers. They've been asking for help to spread the word about a $25,000 reward offered for information related to Ly's death.
At 4:30 a.m. on April 18, Ly was stabbed and left bleeding in the street near his home on the 400 block of Vollmer Street. The fruit vendor, who operated a cart on the University of Pennsylvania's campus, was likely preparing his cart for another day of work when he was attacked. None of Ly's possessions appear to have been taken.
In May, surveillance footage from businesses near the crime scene emerged, showing a bearded man of indeterminate race walking the deserted early morning streets of Ly's quiet South Philadelphia neighborhood. The police and various media outlets publicized the videos, but there have been no developments since.
"I'm desperately in need of help," said daughter Nary Ly, pleading for information.
The reward, comprised the City of Philadelphia's standard $20,000 bounty for homicide information and $5,000 from the Ly family, is being offered by the Citizen's Crime Commission. Anyone with information related to this crime should call 215-686-TIPS.
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