Kenneth Warren, a father of five, was killed Jan. 26

The city of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the murder on Jan. 26 of Kenneth Warren.

Warren, 35, of Hercules was gunned down in a barrage of bullets on Emerson Street at Shattuck at around 6:50 p.m. last Thursday, after leaving his job at Don’s Headquarters barbershop. He was knocking on the door of friends who live close by when suspects opened fire.

Warren’s family and friends, as well as neighbors, reacted with shock to the killing. “He was a great kid,” said his uncle, Don Warren, who has operated Don’s Headquarters for 41 years. “He was hardworking. He had two jobs. He tried to do the right thing.” Warren had cut hair at the barbershop for seven years.

An investigation into the murder is ongoing into what was the first Berkeley homicide of 2012, but so far police have not made any arrests, nor confirmed a possible motive in the case. The Berkeley Police Department believes this was a targeted shooting.

The Berkeley Police Department asks anyone with information about this case to call the Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741, or the non-emergency number at 510-981-5900. Callers may remain anonymous. The city of Berkeley is a member of the Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) organization; callers with information may call BACS at 800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers offers an additional reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

View BPD release.

Warren’s family has not released details of arrangements for Warren’s funeral or memorial, or where donations might be made in his name. Berkeleyside will provide information when it is available.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...