Bernard McCormes can hardly believe it’s been four and a half years since he heard his son’s voice.
The last time he spoke to the 29-year-old was brief, McCormes said.
“I called him to ask a football question and he said he had to call me back because he locked his keys in the car,” he said. “That was last time I heard from him.”
Early Sept. 1, 2012, Marquel ‘Quel’ McCormes was shot in the back as he and a group of friends had arrived at a friend’s home in the 3500 block of Northwest 24th Street in Lauderdale Lakes. They were returning from a club.
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McCormes lagged behind, deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office said, then stumbled into the home and collapsed. His friends didn’t know he had been shot. He died an hour after being rushed to Florida Medical Center.
On Tuesday, BSO announced an increase in reward money — from up to $3,000, to up to $25,000 thanks to anonymous donors — for the tip that leads police to McCormes’ killer.
BSO is hoping an increase in reward money will help detectives figure out who killed McCormes.
“Money can be a motivator,” said BSO Capt. Ed Sileo. “All we need is that little bit to move this case forward.”
At the time of the shooting, detectives said McCormes started the night out with a group of friends at the FME Club in the 4200 block of State Road 7. It was never clear whether the dispute started at the club or if it was a random shooting.
The elder McCormes, a retired BSO sergeant, said not knowing who killed his son has been extremely difficult.
“It hurts me more because of the way he left this earth,” he said.
McCormes said he believed the shooting started as a robbery and that the killer shot him straight in the back.
“I call it the act of a coward to shoot someone in the back,” he said. “It’s unfair that someone gets to still be walking around.”
Anyone with information is asked to call BSO Det. Kevin Forsberg at 954-321-4279 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).