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$1K reward offered in death of PHX activist

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 17:26:13-04

Authorities are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for killing a Native American activist and former Chicago police officer in his Phoenix home last week.

Jess Sixkiller, 78, was shot and killed Friday in his home near 55th Avenue and Camelback Road after, police say, an intruder broke in. His wife was in the bedroom when she heard what sounded like a gunshot and called police.

Authorities have not released any suspect information, but family and friends have described Sixkiller as someone who has fought for indigenous people all of his life.

“We have lost our Martin Luther King, we have lost our Rosa Parks, we have lost our Malcolm X,” family friend Eddie Webb, of the Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, said. “This is not a crime statistic, this is an icon in American Indian history.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.