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Slain Potsdam boy’s family to offer reward


POTSDAM — The more time that passes without an arrest in the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, the more noise his family is beginning to make.

Garret’s uncle, Brian Phillips, said it’s not about criticizing the police, but letting everyone know they are seeking justice.

“It’s rather hard waking up every day knowing the person is still out there,” Mr. Phillips said.

He said a reward is in the works for information leading to a conviction in the case. That information will be finalized next week, he said.

Garrett was found unconscious Oct. 24 at North Country Manor Apartments, 100 Market St., after neighbors heard screams and cries for help. He was pronounced dead that evening at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Since his death, police have not named any suspects and made very little public comment only to say it’s an ongoing investigation. Police have said the case lacks an eyewitness and the investigation is focused on one person.

In January, Clarkson University men’s head soccer coach Oral “Nick” Hillary filed a notice of claim against the village for his treatment in the murder investigation. In his notice, Mr. Hillary said the police wrongfully named him as a suspect. A lawsuit has yet to be filed.

Mr. Phillips said it will take more than an arrest to bring closure.

“Our lives have changed forever,” Mr. Phillips said. “But the killer isn’t bothered at all.”

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