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USF police offer reward for information on killer

Two weeks after the on-campus slaying of former graduate student Ronald Stem, University of South Florida police are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to his killer.

"This is still an unsolved homicide, and we need the community's help," said Sgt. Mike Klingebiel, USF police spokesman.

Stem, a 57-year-old Army veteran who pursued a graduate degree in secondary education from USF until 2004, was visiting a friend in the Magnolia Apartments residence hall Feb. 9.

As Stem left the apartments, where he had lived as a USF student, he was shot dead in the parking lot.

A surveillance camera did not capture the shooting, but it did record footage of three men running across the parking lot afterward. Witnesses saw three men speed off in a vehicle.

In the two weeks since Stem's death, USF detectives have worked with Tampa police to track down leads. On Feb. 16 between 11 p.m. and midnight, the same time Stem was shot, USF police stopped and interviewed all people entering and leaving the complex.

"We were looking for someone who might have been there a week before and maybe saw something but did not contact us yet," Klingebiel said.

The reward money will come from the USF Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Anyone with information is asked to call USF police at 974-2628 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

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