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$50K Reward for Help Solving Cold Case Murder of Fresno Mom

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Detectives are asking for tips leading to those responsible for shooting Sarah Kay Roberts to death on New Years's Eve 2011. (GV Wire Composite/David Rodriguez)
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Fresno police detectives are seeking the community’s help to solve the cold case homicide of a woman they describe as devoted to her two children and parents.

In addition, the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for her murder.

Sarah Kay Roberts, 26, was gunned down shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2011 in the 2700 block of North Hughes Avenue.

Police say she was an innocent bystander caught in gunfire between two groups.

As he was driving to pick her up from a party, Roberts’ brother found her on the road. She later died at a hospital. Police at that time said she had been lying in the road for about 20 minutes before her brother discovered her.

Stunned by her shooting death, friends and community members raised thousands of dollars to help pay for Roberts’ funeral.

Can You Help Solve This Case?

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact homicide Sgt.Chris Serrano at (559) 621-2440.

Anyone calling with information can remain anonymous by contacting Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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