Reward increased for information on death of two teens

The cash reward leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a fire that killed two teenagers this summer has been increased to $2,500, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.

The investigation into the deaths of Kenny Holmes Jr., 15, and his girlfriend, Qua'Nyrah Houston, 16, over the summer in a suspicious rowhouse fire has frustrated their family and friends. The County Prosecutor's Office initially offered a $1,000 reward for information to help determine what happened the morning of June 29, when Holmes and Houston were killed.

The popular teens died of smoke inhalation, apparently trying to escape from the rowhouse in the 1000 block of Thurman Street where Holmes lived.

As my colleague Barbara Boyer and I reported earlier this month, authorities believe the Liberty Park fire was arson. Investigators are seeking witnesses who may be able to shed light on the cause of the blaze.

The reward is being offered by the Prosecutor's Office. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Eric Wren at (856) 225-8500. Information may also be emailed to

On Thursday, members of a group called Stop Trauma On People (STOP) will be planting two crosses to symbolize the deaths of Houston and Holmes, as part of the growing memorial for this year's homicide victims. Though their deaths have not been ruled homcides because of the pending investigation, the group wants to recognize the teens.

The planting of the crosses will be followed by a picnic at Roosevelt Park Plaz, in front of City Hall to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead and the Day of the Innocent.