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April 23, 2014
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Six months after double homicide, family raises money to catch killer

Relatives of a man shot and killed along with his daughter in Winchester six months ago say they hope a growing reward fund will motivate tipsters.

Michael Tellone, 47, of Eugene and daughter Brittney Langford, 24, were slain Oct. 22 by a gunman who also wounded Langford’s husband, Chris Langford, 26.

The shootings took place at the trailer in which the Langfords lived in the 5700 block of Northeast Stephens Street.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released a sketch of the shooter, but deputies have not made an arrest or released information about a possible motive.

“We want the person caught. We want to get the person off the streets, so they don’t do this to anybody else,” Tellone’s sister, Kathy Gneo, said.

Gneo, 60, of Myrtle Creek said Tuesday that she and Tellone’s other siblings have collected about $3,200 for a reward fund. More than a third of that was raised during a bake sale they held last month outside Sherm’s Thunderbird Market in Roseburg. The remaining funds have since filtered in from community members, she said.

“We are trying to raise as much as we can. I would love to have a $10,000 reward,” she said.

The suspect was described as approximately 40 years old and 6 feet tall. He reportedly had a thick Hispanic accent, as well as short hair and stubbly facial hair. He was wearing a black or dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, deputies said.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Dwes Hutson said detectives are following up on leads that occasionally come in.

The family has not yet decided how long it will offer the reward. Gneo said several family members have said they don’t think a year is a sufficient amount of time.

She said the group also needs to discuss alternative uses of the fund if no one comes forward. Some ideas are to give it to charity or establish a trust for Tellone’s son, Anthony Tellone.

They will hold another bake sale May 10 at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market, 2553 N.W. Stewart Parkway.

Gneo said donations to the Michael Tellone Reward Fund, which is listed under her name, can be made at Umpqua Bank branches.

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