OAKLAND -- Relatives of an Emeryville man shot dead last ¿spring in North Oakland by two men who had rear-ended his car are now offering a $100,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing.

The family of Aya Nakano -- killed a day before his 23rd birthday -- is doing everything it can to keep the case in the public eye and investigators plan to soon release a photo of the suspects' getaway vehicle, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said Tuesday.

As of late last year, the family had been offering a $35,000 reward.

The 22-year-old had left a pickup basketball game at UC Berkeley and was driving a silver Jeep Cherokee along Market Street near Stanford Avenue when he was rear-ended just before 11 p.m. on June 12, police said.

Nakano and the driver of the other car, described as a newer model four-door silver sedan, pulled to the curb. After Nakano got out of his Jeep, he and the two men who were in the sedan got into an argument, police said. One of the other men pulled out a gun and fatally shot Nakano.

The men, police say, then fled south on Market Street.

Police don't know yet if Nakano knew the men -- who are still at large -- or if there had been a confrontation before the crash.

Kristin Bender contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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