$50,000 reward offered in 2020 fatal shooting of man on I-95 exit rampin West Haven

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BRIDGEPORT — A reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Jawara Stennett, a 39-year-old Brooklyn, New York resident, was announced today.

Stennett was fatally shot near the Exit 43 on-ramp to Interstate 95 in West Haven at approximately 10 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2020.

He had been returning to New York after celebrating his father’s birthday at a family party in Connecticut.

Responding to reports of a shooting, police discovered Stennett on the ramp with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, leading to his death, which was ruled a homicide.

Despite extensive investigations, Stennett’s murder remains unsolved.

Governor Ned Lamont has authorized a significant reward in the hope of obtaining new information that could lead to a resolution in the case.

Stennett is survived by a loving family, including six children.

Officials are particularly interested in identifying the driver of a white Lexus GX 460 SUV with a Connecticut license plate, captured on video driving north on Campbell Avenue near Interstate 95 around the time of the murder.

State’s Attorney Kelley urged anyone with information, even details they might consider insignificant, to come forward. “Mr. Stennett’s family deserves closure,” Kelley said. “Any piece of information could be the key to solving this case.”

Detective Sgt. Michael Beauton, Detective Maxwell Robins, and Division of Criminal Justice Inspector Herbert Johnson have been named as contacts for those who may have relevant information and wish to help in the investigation.

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