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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2003 10:32 am | Updated: 1:48 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Family and friends of an Apache Junction man killed in a road-rage incident start washing cars today to raise reward money to find out who shot him.

Phoenix police have not made an arrest and do not have any suspects in the Saturday shooting death of Mack Robert Rue, 23, said police Sgt. Randy Force.

Rue managed to call 911 on his cellular telephone after being shot about 10 a.m. on we stbound Interstate 10 near 83rd Avenue in Phoenix, but later died, police said.

Still buckled into the car seat in Rue’s Dodge Neon was his 3-year-old son, Mack Rue Jr., who was not injured.

"Please turn yourself in," said Melinda Rue, Mack Rue’s mother. "You murdered my son. You left my 3-year-old grandson fatherless."

Rue grew up in Tempe and was raising his 3-year-old son by himself. The boy is now staying with his mother in Phoenix.

Monica Nicastro of BTM Automotive in Mesa said she knows the Rues and organized the carwash today.

The carwash is planned to continue as long as it takes to raise a significant reward.

"Mack was awesome," Nicastro said. "His son was everything. He woke up every morning because he knew he had to take care of that boy."

On such a busy highway, Melinda Rue said there must be people out there who witnessed the shooting.

"Someone heinously killed my son," she said. "Someone had to have seen something."

Carwash benefit

What: Carwash to raise reward money in the road-rage death case of Mack Robert Rue

When: 7 a.m. until sundown today

Where: 2225 W. Main St., Mesa

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