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Parents of 18-year-old shooting victim seek help identifying son's killer

$15,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest
Posted at 11:47 AM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 23:10:35-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The family of a man who was fatally shot in Port St. Lucie is seeking assistance from the community to identify the person responsible.

Charles Highlands was found fatally shot Aug. 26, 2020, in a black Toyota Corolla at a gas station in the 1200 block of Southwest Del Rio Boulevard in Port St. Lucie. He was shot once in the chest.

"It's been pretty tough," said Jim Highlands, Charlie's father. "It's just memories now."

"We need substantial evidence to prove who actually did this to my son and we need someone to come forward to help us get that evidence," said Pam Highlands, Charlie's mother.

According to Detective Richard Giaccone, investigative leads tend to point to the homicide stemming from a drug transaction that turned into a robbery.

The Highlands family is now offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for his death. Coupled with a $5,000 reward from Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, the total reward for information leading to an arrest is $15,000.

"Who is this coward who is hiding, who killed my baby? He needs to come out," Pam Highlands said during the news conference. "You know, and if he isn't gonna, then somebody needs to do the right thing and get him out here."

"There's a murderer out there in our community that we need to get off the streets," added Jim Highlands.

Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477.