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Authorities Offering $10,000 Award For Tips On 14-Year-Old SD Murder

Authorities today announced rewards of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the 14-year-old slaying of a businessman during a liquor store robbery in southeast San Diego's Skyline neighborhood.

Today's announcement came on what would have been Sleiman "Pops" Hallak's 79th birthday. According to San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Hallak was shot to death on April 17, 1996 inside Moonlight Market, near the intersection of South Meadowbrook Drive and Skyline Drive.

Hallak, who owned the market, was behind the counter when a robber demanded cash, then fired several shots at Hallak before turning his weapon on another store employee. The gunman got away with an undisclosed sum of cash, authorities said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Meanwhile, the Hallak family and the Neighborhood Market Association are offering an additional $9,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.

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