Clear Lake Citizen, 25 Nov 03
$100,000 reward offered in murders
By: MARY ALYS CHERRY and JENNIFER THOMAS,
A record $100,000 reward is being offered by Crimestoppers in an effort to help Houston police solve the murders of four young people last July in Clear Lake.
So far, police have questioned 125 people in the grisly deaths of Tiffany Nicole Rowell and Rachel Ann Koloroutis both 18, Marcus Ray Precella, 19, and his cousin from Houston, Adelbert Nicholas Sanchez, 21. The girls were graduates from Clear Lake High School’s class of 2003.
According to television reports, Houston Police have come up with no leads and are now considering the possibility that the murders might have been carried out by a professional.
Announcement of the reward was made at a news conference Wednesday in Houston.
Crimestoppers said the reward — funded by over 200 different donors — is the largest it has ever offered.
“This (money) is to get the killers off the street,” George Koloroutis, Rachel’s father, told reporters.
The Koloroutis’ and Marcus Ray Precella’s parents, David and Charlene Gronewald, together pleaded with the public for help in finding their children’s killers, and even spoke directly to the killers, expressing their outrage at the horrifying crime.
“We are committed to do everything we can do to fight for our daughter, and we will not rest until those that stole her life are brought to justice,” said Ann Koloroutis, Rachel’s mother.
“No one deserves to die like that…and four family trees are permanently changed. We’ll never experience their marriages, their grandchildren.
What you’ve done is cruel and unjust,” George Koloroutis, Rachel’s father, said into the television cameras.
David Gromewold, Marcus’ stepfather who had raised him since the third grade, lives only a few blocks from the Rowell home in Brook Forest, where the four lost their lives.
“This was a cowardly act. They shot four unarmed kids as they sat watching television,” Gromewold told reporters.
Precella’s mother, Charlene Gronewald, remembered her son’s kindness.
“You didn’t know my son. If you knew him, you wouldn’t have forgot him because he loved everything that he touched and he always tried to help his friends,” Gronewald said.
The four were found dead in Rowell’s home in upscale Brook Forest on July 18. All had been shot multiple times, and Precella and Koloroutis were victims of blunt force trauma. Rachel, Tiffany and Marcus are all buried near each other at Forest Park East Cemetary [sic] in Webster.