Ottawa police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the unsolved homicide of Malik Adjokatcher, killed exactly one year ago Wednesday.

On May 14, 2013, the 24-year-old was shot outside of a home at 119 Ritchie St., just before midnight. Neighbours said they heard three shots fired.


Malik Adjokatcher, in front, was an aspiring rapper who was shot dead on Ritchie Street in May 2013.

Police said Adjokatcher was shot in the chest before he ran into a nearby home to escape, when a responding officer tried to resuscitate him. He was then taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In a Youtube video re-enactment created by Ottawa police in November 2013, lead investigator Sgt. Dan Brennan said Adjokatcher had been socializing with friends when an unknown suspect walked up to him and shot him several times in an unprovoked attack.

He also said the suspect is described as a dark-skinned male of average height and weight with medium-length dark hair.

Police sources also told CBC News Adjokatcher was known to police and was involved in gang activity.

Adjokatcher pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2009 and was sentenced to more than two years in jail after a stabbing in 2008. He had originally been charged with attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

He was also convicted of drug and breach of probation charges in 2008.

The police investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa police major crime section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.