$25,000 reward offered in Colony owner Jim Brennan's killing

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -- Several hundred packed a Cleveland Heights park Tuesday night to pay tribute to Jim Brennan, the owner of Brennan's Colony on Lee Road who was shot and killed inside his business Monday afternoon.

They cried and hugged, shared stories of their friend while singing hymns of "We Shall Overcome."

In the meantime, many of those community members pooled money to create a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of his killers. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Heights police at (216) 291-4987.

As police continue searching for the two men they say killed Brennan, the community continued to mourn and remember, and in some cases get angry.

"I feel hurt and anger, this is ridiculous," says Roscoe Morgan of the Cleveland Boys & Girl Club and friend of Jim Brennan. "You don't kill a guy like this for nothing -- there's no reason for anyone to come in here and hurt this guy."

"Doesn't matter if you're black or white -- doesn't matter who you are, people loved this guy, loved this community, this city is strong," said Bryan Bennett -- a friend for thirty years.

Friends pay tribute to Jim Brennan hours after his death

The Brennan family released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

We want to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love, condolences, and support we have received in the wake of Jim's sudden and tragic passing. We are very moved by all of the kind thoughts, words, and prayers--from both friends and strangers--that have come from as close as the Cedar Lee community and from far overseas. We are grateful to those who have paid tribute to Jim, by bringing bouquets of flowers to Brennan's Colony, posting so many heartfelt messages on social media, or otherwise sharing in our sadness as well as the celebration of his life.

We want to thank Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox and Vice Mayor Cheryl Stephens for their kind words and support. The Cleveland Heights Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and all other law enforcement personnel have our full support and appreciation as you work to bring those responsible for this senseless crime to justice.

We would also like to recognize the dedicated physicians and medical personnel at MetroHealth for doing all they could for Jim with great care, sensitivity, and professionalism.

We are overwhelmed by the restaurant and bar owners, Cedar Lee merchants, and area residents who have sent their sympathies and are sharing great stories about Jim. Please, continue to share those stories and memories.

As our family mourns, we are also reaching out to Jim's other family -- the employees of Brennan's Colony -- many of whom viewed Jim as a second Dad, to discuss the future. Jim has kept Brennan's Colony open at Lee and Silsby since 1991 and we will work diligently to reopen it as soon as possible.

Finally, if anyone has any additional information that would assist in the apprehension and prosecution of those responsible for this crime, we would urge you to contact Cleveland Heights police as soon as possible.

Thank you once again for your love and support.

Kathy Murphy and the Brennan Family

July 1, 2014: Community comes together to remember Jim Brennan. WKYC-TV

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