For release on June 3, 2014   CONTACT: Scott Tsui, Assistant District Attorney (408) 792-2804   DA AND SJPD OFFER $20,000 REWARD EACH TO SOLVE TWO HOMICIDES   The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police Department have teamed up to offer a $20,000 reward to anyone who can give information that leads to the arrest and conviction of suspects in either one of two unsolved city homicides.   Investigators believe that the two 2013 slayings – the fatal stabbing of Anthony Daniel Santa Cruz on February 13 near San Jose High School and the South San Jose shooting death of Justin Watkins on June 26 - are unrelated.   It is the first time in recent history that the two agencies have pooled their financial resources to offer such a reward.   “Police Chief Larry Esquivel and I will never accept that any homicide will remain unsolved. We will make every effort to bring those who bring bloodshed into our safe community to justice," District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “Today we are asking for the public to join us in that resolve, and help us solve two killings.”   On February 13, at 3:14 P.M., 17-year-old Anthony Daniel Santa Cruz was stabbed to death near N. 21st Street and Julian Street. Police believe there are two suspects, and believe their fatal attack was gang motivated. Persons with information regarding this case are urged to contact Detective Sergeant Stewart Davies or Detective Wayne Smith in the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283.   Watkins, 20, was shot to death around 10:11 P.M., June 26, on the 100 block of Hayes Avenue in South San Jose. Anyone with information about the case can contact Detective Jaime Jimenez at (408) 277-5283.   “I want to thank the D.A.’s Office and the Mayor’s Office for assisting in these reward efforts,” Chief Esquivel said. “These families and our community need closure. Hopefully this reward money will help us solve these senseless homicides.”   ###

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