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Reward doubles for info related to shooting death of Grant football star Jaulon Clavo

Grant High victim's mom begs witnesses to step up

Nicole Clavo, mother of Jaulon 'JJ' Clavo, a 17-year-old Grant High football player killed last week, asks for eye witnesses to come forward.
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Nicole Clavo, mother of Jaulon 'JJ' Clavo, a 17-year-old Grant High football player killed last week, asks for eye witnesses to come forward.

Correctional officers doubled the reward Tuesday to $30,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the shooting death of Grant Union High School football player Jaulon Clavo.

Del Paso Heights community leaders said they would continue to raise money, hoping the funds would entice someone to come forward with tips. After groups collected $15,000 through the weekend, the California Correctional Police Officers Association committed to match that amount. The organization employs Clavo’s mother, Nicole Clavo, as a labor negotiator.

Later Tuesday, county officials announced they were planning to add $5,000 to the reward fund, subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Dec. 8. That money would come from the general fund, said county spokeswoman Chris Andis.

“We want to keep the visibility. We do not want it to go away,” said Derrell Roberts, executive director of the Roberts Family Development Center, an after-school education center with close ties to the high school. “Personally, I’m just tired of things happening and people being OK with it happening. We get over things too fast.”

Roberts, a longtime community leader, started the fund less than a week ago but it has snowballed into a community effort. He said churches are passing around envelopes on Sundays, while some people have donated memorabilia to sell.

Nicole Clavo said she was still uneasy because of the lack of concrete tips and developments in the case.

“Every day the killers are out … another parent could suffer the loss that I’m suffering,” she said. “$30,000 is a lot of money and hopefully it will unseal lips.”

Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard said last week that boosting the reward could help crack a case in which someone may not want to “snitch,” not want to get involved or think that the information isn’t important enough to come forward.

There were no updates Tuesday in the investigation from Sacramento police.

Clavo, 17, was returning to the high school with four players after getting a pregame meal when gunshots rang out near Silver Eagle Road and Mabel Street, about a mile away from the Grant campus, police said. Clavo, a starting cornerback, suffered a wound to the neck and later died at UC Davis Medical Center. Senior fullback Malik Johnson was shot in an arm but survived.

Clavo’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Calvary Christian Center in Del Paso Heights.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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