Pa. DA offering cash reward in murder of firefighter, 2 others
Daniel Santiago, a longtime volunteer firefighter in Bristol Borough, is believed to be the victim of a hit-and-run incident
Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, Pa.
BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. — They are three families whose lives intersected in ways ordinary and unimaginable.
Cashe Conover was friends with Shaquille Love. They both were residents of Bristol Township. Conover's mom, Charmane Steed, knew Daniel Santiago, a longtime volunteer firefighter in Bristol Borough.
Conover, Love and Santiago also each died violently, less than two miles apart between 2019 and this year.
Their families are still waiting for answers and justice. Authorities say they've hit walls in the investigations of their unrelated deaths
They are among at least seven unsolved homicides in Bucks County since 2019.
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub hopes that anyone who knows something that could lead to the arrests of their killers will come forward. He hopes a reward incentive program his office typically uses in drug investigations will bring some heat to these cold cases.
As he stood beside the families of the three victims at the Bristol Township Police Department on Wednesday morning, Weintraub announced that his office will be offering cash for tips that lead to arrests.
"Sometimes we need a break, and if it means that somebody is seeking a reward, that is a judgment-free situation for us," Weintraub said. "Sometimes a reward may compel somebody that is reluctant."
The reward money is through the Bucks County Crime Stoppers program, which is funded by donations from state Reps. John Galloway, D-140, of Falls and Tina Davis, D-141, of Bristol Township, and the law firm of Stark & Stark.
In the Conover and Love cases, up to $1,000 is being offered; $4,000 is being offered in the Santiago case, after family and friends raised an additional $3,000.
"What I have is hope in my heart," Weintraub said. "We want to solve these cases."
The district attorney believes there are people who have information that could move the cases forward. He added if the reward program works, its something his office may utilize more often.
"We can't offer a reward in every case. This is a unique, extraordinary situation. We're putting our money where our mouths are," Weintraub added. "The Conover, Santiago, and Love families deserve it. Let's help them get justice for their loved ones."
Cashe Conover, 22, lived in the Bloomsdale neighborhood of Bristol Township, where she was found shot to death on Oct. 27, 2019. The day of her murder, she was watching an Eagles game with family and friends at her grandfather's home.
Her body was found after 11 p.m. in an alley in the 2400 block of Bloomsdale Road near her home.
At the time of her murder, Conover was enrolled in a nursing program at Bucks County Community College, her family said. She was the oldest of four children.
Steed described her daughter as a "wild spirit" who loved life and people, especially children. She liked to take care of people and she loved to laugh.
"She was loud and she laughed a lot," Steed said. "She was the life of the party."
Steed asked that anyone with information that might led to answers in her daughter's murder — or the other deaths— to put themselves in the families' place.
"If it was your child or your uncle or your nephew or niece how would you feel? You'd be standing right where we all are, asking the same thing," she said.
Two days before Christmas last year, Shaquille Love, 21, was found dead behind the wheel of a car, according to authorities.
His Chrysler 200 was stopped in the northbound lane of Edgely Road near Marion Avenue in Bristol Township. He was shot in the neck and chest.
Police believe Love was shot through the driver's side window sometime shortly after 7 p.m. After he was shot, his car traveled a short distance before stopping, authorities said.
"He will always be in my heart. He was a loving, caring person," his mother Shauna Love said on Wednesday. "He helped everybody where ever he'd go."
Love also urged anyone with information to come forward.
"I just want justice to be served. "Somebody saw something or heard something. I'm just asking for someone to come forward so we can put him to rest completely."
Danny Santiago, 53, was well known in the community and often was seen riding his bike, his main transportation mode, around the borough and surrounding township. He served as a 30-year volunteer with the Goodwill Hose Company #3 in Bristol.
Santiago's niece said he recently put lights on his black-colored bike so he could safely bike back from his job at night at Burger King on Route 13, where he worked for about 20 years.
Authorities believe Santiago was the victim of a hit-and-run. His body was found June 29 on the shoulder of the 5500 block of Route 13 in Bristol Township. Next to his body was his badly damaged bike.
A passerby who saw Santiago on the road called police, but no witnesses to the accident have come forward.
At the news conference Wednesday his brother, Nick Santiago, said he believes people know what happened, but they are afraid to come forward.
"I just want justice served," he said. "My brother to me was not only my brother but he was a hero for me and I will always remember that for the rest of my life. Now, every time I hear a fire alarm out there, it's gonna remind me."
Anyone with information on any of these cold cases should contact Bucks County Detectives or Bristol Township Police Detectives. Bucks County Detectives can be reached through our CrimeWatch site, BUCKSDA.ORG or at 215-348-6354. Bristol Township Police Detectives can be reached at 215-785-4707.
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