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Silent Witness increases reward for information in car-dragging death

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Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:04 pm | Updated: 9:36 pm, Fri Dec 3, 2010.

The dollar amount is increasing of a reward leading to the arrest of those responsible for the death of ASU student Kyleigh Sousa, who died after she was dragged by a car when her purse was stolen last week.

Silent Witness has raised the amount of the reward to $11,500 - $500 more than previously offered, according to information from Silent Witness.

Sousa, 21, who was from New Jersey, was pronounced dead on May 26, hours after she was dragged by a car described as a newer model silver Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger outside an International House of Pancakes restaurant at 225 E. Apache Blvd. about 1:50 a.m.

Sousa and her friend were approached by the vehicle, and the driver, described as heavyset and Hispanic, grabbed her purse and her arm became entangled as the car sped off dragging her, according to Tempe police.

Sousa died of blunt force trauma to her head, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.

Sousa worked as a server at Tempe's Tavern on Mill, 404 S. Mill Ave., where the staff of the sports bar is hosting a continual fundraiser to benefit Sousa's family through donations and proceeds from meals.

So far, more than $3,000 has been collected for the family, according to Nick Kelly, manager for the Tavern on Mill.

Anyone with information about the crime can call Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377.

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