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Families Request Help From Public In Solving Sons’ Double Murder

— Two women who lost their sons to a car-to-car freeway shooting in Bonita more than 2 1/2 years ago implored the public today for help in solving the double murder.

The mothers of 15-year-old Donnell Davis Jr. of San Diego and Brandon Johnson, 16, of Lemon Grove met with homicide detectives at county sheriff's headquarters in Kearny Mesa to put out a call for tips about the slayings and to publicize a $50,000 reward in the case recently posted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office.

The victims were riding in an Acura sedan on State Route 54 with several other companions, heading home from a bowling outing, when another eastbound vehicle pulled up alongside them and someone inside opened fire shortly before midnight on March 16, 2008.

The Acura skidded out of control, plowed into a concrete divider wall near Briarwood Road and overturned. Brandon and Donnell, who had been best friends since meeting in the sixth grade, died on the roadway.

At this morning's news conference, authorities released several previously unpublicized photographs of the crash scene and a map of the route the victims took in the minutes preceding the shooting.

The mother of the older victim pleaded for information "from anyone out there that knows what happened to Brandon and Donnell."

"I'm begging you from the bottom of my heart and soul, with everything inside of me, please come forward and help me get justice for my son," Charmaine Johnson said.

The slain boys' families and friends have held several vigils to honor Donnell and Brandon while publicizing the boys' unsolved murders in hopes of prompting a break in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at . Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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