Family members of a hard-working young man stabbed over the weekend offered a public plea on Tuesday for information that helps find the killer.
Anandkumar Jaiswal, of Streamwood, died after being stabbed while he worked at the Thorton's gas station on North Barrington Road. His uncle said the 24-year-old moved to the United States three years ago in pursuit of the American dream and hoped for a better life and career in order to be able to provide for his parents.
Because of the work and because of the responsibility, he was not able to go out and hang out with friends or go to parties," said Ashwin Jayswal. "All he did his entire life was help support our family."
Jaiswal's killer got away and remains on the loose. Police said surveillance images from the crime show a white man wearing dark clothing holding a knife. The man, who stands about 5 feet, 9 inches to six feet tall, was wearing one white shoe and one dark colored shoe, authorities said.
The president and CEO of Thorton's flew in from Louisville on Tuesday to be with the family and to announce he was increasing the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction to $25,000.
"Killing someone for a couple of thousand or a couple hundred dollars is not right," said Jayswal.
Anyone with information on the early Saturday morning robbery should contact Streamwood police at 630-736-3700. Anonymous tips can be left on the tip line at 630-736-3719.
Editor's note: Family members confirmed the varied spellings of their last name.