Anniversary of sergeant's killing observed

By Chuck Weber email

POMPANO BEACH, FL (WFLX)-Emotions were evident as family and friends marked the two-year anniversary of the murder of Broward County Sheriff's Sergeant Chris Reyka, who lived in Wellington. Those attending a ceremony at the murder scene at a Pompano Beach Walgreens, also renewed pleas for the public's help.

"If you know where that vehicle is, let us know," said Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, pointing to a picture of an American-made sedan, like the one seen around 1:20 a.m. August 10, 2007, near where Reyka was killed. Reyka was checking out a suspicious car when he was shot and killed.

"There's still a reward out there," Sheriff Lamberti emphasized. He then pointed to another placard with a facsimile of a check for $267,000, the amount of the reward being offered for tips leading to an arrest.

Reyka's daughter Autumn read a poem she had written to honor her father. "Two years later we remember a hero, taken from us before it was time," she said. Later Autumn shed tears standing with her arm around her mother, as the hymn "Amazing Grace" played.

"We were a strong family, we've become stronger," said widow Kim Reyka following the ceremony. "We have a lot of faith. And I pray a lot."

Kim's parents Dick and Carole Thompson made the trip from Georgia. "It's been a tough two years, something that nobody should have to go through," said Mr. Thompson, fighting tears.

But Thompson added, "We're going to get them. Somebody's going to help us."

Speaking of the culprits, Thompson said, "Somebody they know is going to come forward. And I hope that they hear this and do the right thing."

If you know anything about the murder of Sgt. Chris Reyka, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-493-TIPS.