Family Offers Reward on I-91 Billboard for Cold Murder Case

The family of a Windsor man killed in 2013 is pleading for the public’s help after they offered a $250,000 reward leading to an arrest and conviction of the man’s killer.

The reward can be seen on a billboard on I-91 North and South near Jennings Road in Hartford. On the billboard is John Chakalos face – the 87-year-old man found shot in the head and murdered inside his Overlook Drive home in December 2013 with no word on who committed the crime.

The Chief State Attorney’s office Cold Case Unit told NBC Connecticut Chakalos family put up the billboards and are offering the reward.

“Maybe it’ll lead to something," Said Joe Zotter, a neighbor and friend of Chakalos for the last 20 years. “(He) always had a nice word to say about everything so you know it’s tough, it was really a shock to have something like that happen not only to John, but a neighbor across the street.”

Since the murder, the home has sat vacant and hasn’t been put up for sale, according to neighbors.

Now Windsor Police and the state’s cold case unit are hoping somebody knows answers as to why and who killed John Chakalos.

“I hope they solve it because I mean it’s just awful to think he’s just an old man living by himself and to think that happened is just awful. You never imagine that happening in your neighborhood,” Said Megan Connelly, another neighbor.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call Windsor Police or the State’s Cold Case Unit.

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