Houston Chronicle, 1 Oct 03

Reward being offered in Clear Lake slayings


More than two months after four young people were shot to death in a Clear Lake-area home, some of the victims’ families are raising money for a reward.

“The plan is this: Collect as much money as possible, put it all together and set up a supplemental reward contract with Crime Stoppers to get the word out and draw these animals out,” George Koloroutis wrote in an e-mail sent to the Houston Chronicle.

Koloroutis’ 18-year-old daughter, Rachael, was among those killed July 18.

The Koloroutis family, along with the families of cousins Adelbert Sanchez and Marcus Precella, have set up tax-deductible charitable accounts to go toward a reward.

The family of Tiffany Rowell has chosen not to take part, George Koloroutis said.

Chester Rowell, Tiffany’s father, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

“We want to offer a reward large enough to compel the capture of these murderers in a swift and timely fashion. We also want to send a message to others that would contemplate committing such horrible acts. You will not escape justice,” Koloroutis wrote.

The Houston Police Department has interviewed more than 100 people, but no arrests have been made.

The bodies of Rachael Koloroutis and 18-year-old Tiffany Rowell were found shot to death at Rowell’s home in the 3700 block of Millbridge. Also fatally wounded in the home’s living room were Precella, 19, who was Rowell’s boyfriend, and Sanchez, 21. There was no sign of forced entry.

Police say at least two shooters were involved and that more than 20 shots were fired.

George Koloroutis said that if an arrest is made and the reward is unclaimed, the money would go to the Parents of Murdered Children Inc. organization. Crime Stoppers already is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information in the slayings.

“We are a family in pain,” George Koloroutis wrote. “My wife, Ann, and daughters, Tiffany, 19, and Samantha, 9, are having a hard time coping with this. I can tell you as a father, my heart is broken and I struggle making it from day to day.”

He said an announcement about the reward’s amount would be made later.

Copyright 2013-5 Mark Pritchard, Bernal Heights, San Francisco