KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The family of a Killeen man who was found shot to death inside his car after he failed to return from what was supposed to be a quick trip to the store on March 21 is offering a cash reward for information.
Rudolph Hardison. (Family photo)
Officers who responded to a report of gunfire at around 10:45 p.m. on March 21 in the 3100 block of Cantabrian Drive found Rudolph Hardison, 38 dead in his car.
He was just around the corner from his home when he was killed.
"I just dropped to my knees and just needed to get home,” his wife Alicia Guilford, said as she recalled the moment when she learned her husband was dead.
“I was still sitting there waiting for him to come home. I didn't want to believe it," she says.
She and Hardison were together almost 11 years.
Now she and his young daughters are trying to figure out how to heal.
"I haven't moved anything. Everything is still where it's at, so it's like he's at work, you know, so it's very hard," Guilford said.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, and Hardison's family has added another $5,000 in hopes someone will come forward.
"He wasn’t a confrontational person- all he did was go to work come home," his older sister, Yomi Hardison, said.
"It shouldn’t happen to anybody. Good people are getting gunned down for no reason."
"We just want justice, she said.”
Killeen police confirmed that the extra cash would be added and would be awarded through the Crime Stoppers organization if someone provides the information that leads to an arrest.
"Since we've been together, we were homebodies. We did everything together, that's why I'm so lost and confused,” Guilford said, wiping away tears.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS.
Tips may also be submitted online.