OAKLAND -- The family of a Hayward man shot and killed in 2012 gathered at the site of his death Tuesday afternoon -- two years to the day after the slaying -- to appeal to the public for help in bringing his killer to justice.

Ronnie Kidd, a father of three, was on his way home early in the morning of May 27, 2012, when he was gunned down in West Oakland at the corner of Market and Seventh streets. Kidd, 30, had just finished working two shifts at an event planning company and had stopped at his mother's house to pick up keys.

On Tuesday, Kidd's widow, Sireena, relatives and friends gathered at the intersection to place photos and candles and plead for information about the case. No one has been arrested in Kidd's murder, and police don't have any leads, said Sgt. Robert Rosen, a homicide investigator with the Oakland Police Department.

The murder has been trying on the family, which includes children Armani, 6, Ronnie III, 10, and Tariq, 13.

"I have to live every day with my youngest son asking me if he can go to heaven just so he can see his father," Sireena said. "My other son doesn't know if his father just up and left him.

"I'm asking people to please put yourself in our shoes and if you know something, please step forward and share the information."

Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Kidd's murder.

Oakland police Officer Frank Bonifacio said investigators have already questioned nearby residents and requested surveillance footage from nearby cameras, including one located at a gas station across the street. None, however, had footage of the exact spot Kidd was killed, leaving police grasping for additional clues.


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"At this point, it will probably come down to someone talking about it and then a person stepping forward with information," Bonifacio said.

Family members describe Kidd as a deeply committed family man who never had any trouble with the law. Police confirmed that he had no criminal record and had never been arrested.

"The world has changed, and it's just gotten worse and worse," said Kidd's cousin Ronald Kidd III, who attended Tuesday's memorial. "This kind of violence happens every day, and it's scary. But somebody's gotta know something."

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department at 510-777-8572 or to leave an anonymous tip at 800-222-TIPS.

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