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Reward offered for shooting death information

University Police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have offered a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of former USF student and staff member Richard Stem.

Stem was fatally shot in Parking Lot 24 near Magnolia Apartments on Feb. 9.

Since then, UP has interviewed nearly all Magnolia residents and continues to coordinate investigation efforts with the Tampa Police Department.

On Wednesday, the TPD dive team searched the bottom of a retention pond next to the Life Sciences building for clues.

Klingebiel would not reveal whether the dive team found anything because the investigation is ongoing.

“Rewards have been successfully used in the past to garner information,” UP spokesman Sgt. Michael Klingebiel said. “Rewards have been common when there is a need to get more information from the affected area.”

Klingebiel said the last time UP issued a reward was in 1996, when USF student Damien Hospital sent a threatening letter to the Oracle.

The letter threatened to bomb a building, kill a white female professor and set a fake detonator off in a crowded area.

Hospital was arrested by federal agents six months later, and Klingebiel said UP did reward someone for providing information.

According to Klingebiel, reward money in the Stem case will not be given until after an arrest and conviction is made.