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Mothers plead for help in catching killer in Norwalk homicides

Norwalk police investigate two homicides on Avenue B in 2011. (Harold Cobin)

Family photos of Rickita Smalls.

Correction, 9:21 p.m.: State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo, not David Cohen.

NORWALK, Conn. — The state is offering a $50,000 reward for information concerning a double homicide that occurred in Norwalk Aug. 6, 2011, where the bodies of two gunshot victims were inside a car parked on Avenue B.

The victims’ mothers, and a grandmother, joined Norwalk Police on Monday to plead with the public for help in finding the killer or killers.

“I just want whoever is responsible for this to be accountable, and come forward,” Barbara Smalls said at a morning press conference.

At the request of Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik, Richard Colangelo, state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk, asked Governor Dannell Malloy to approve a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who murdered Iroquois Alston and Rickita Smalls.

The reward is being made under Connecticut General Statute §54-48,which permits the governor to offer rewards of up to $50,000 for the arrest of capital offenders and felons.

Governor Malloy, who under 54-48 of the Connecticut General Statutes approved the reward.

“I am very pleased that both State’s Attorney Cohen and the Governor are supporting our request,” Kulhawik said in a statement released Thursday morning. “We hope that this reward will lead to information that will allow us to bring those persons responsible for this crime to justice.”

In the same release Cohen said, “This reward is another tool to help detectives further their investigation. I am thankful the governor has approved this request, and I join the chief in asking those with information to come forward.”

Police were advised of the murders by a resident at around 7:45 a.m.,who reported there was a black car with a broken window and a person inside not moving. The car was near the intersection of Avenue B and Crown Avenue. It was parked with the front end away from the curb, appearing as if it were in the midst of either being parallel parked or pulling away from the curb when the shooting occurred.

Both Alston, 27, and Smalls, 22, resided in Bridgeport.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norwalk Police through the department’s Tipline, (203) 854-3111. Anonymous tips can be sent to the department’s website: www.norwalkpd.com. Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing “NPD” into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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