Navy vet, 93, contributing to reward fund in Troy murder investigation

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: September 17, 2020 02:17 PM
Created: September 15, 2020 07:21 PM

TROY - Reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever killed 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis was up to $5,000 Tuesday afternoon, and climbing.


Sometimes the money comes from places you might not expect.

Vincent Belardo, 93, of Albany is a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theater in some of the most intense battles of World War II.

He's hoping to find justice for Ayshawn, who died Sunday night in Troy when a drive-by shooter ended his life while speeding up Old Sixth Avenue.

While police race to find the killer, the sidewalk has turned into a hallowed memorial for the young boy, described as a hardworking, polite, and considerate young man.

More than 100 people attended a vigil for Ayshawn Monday night.

A GoFundMe page has already raised $15,000 to help his family.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin says reward money to pay off the person who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible is up to $5,000.

Belardo, who is contributing to the reward fund, said he fought in World War II so little boys like Ayshawn don't have to die on American streets.

Hear more about why he wanted to help by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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