Family of homicide victim offering reward for tips

The family of a man killed in a home invasion in December is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to arrests or the solving of the case. This separate reward is in addition to the reward of up to $1,000 being offered by Hays County Crime Stoppers.

Justin Douglas Gage, a student at Texas State University, died of gunshot wounds in December 6, 2015. According to police, three men attempted to rob an apartment he was visiting.

Gage was out for the evening with one of his friends, and the two stopped early Sunday morning at the friend’s apartment at the Retreat, an apartment complex on Craddock Ave. When they went inside, a group of three men walked in shortly afterwards.

The three suspects are described as:

1) Black male 5'8"-5'10" with a dark complexion wearing a white mask and gray hoodie
2) Black male 5'8"-5'10" dark complexion wearing a black mask and red hoodie
3) Black male 5'8"-5'10" dark complexion wearing black mask

One suspect produced a pistol and threatened the two victims with it, and the friend began to struggle with him for the weapon. Gage was shot during the struggle. The three offenders then fled, and Gage and the friend ran after them.

They stopped when Gage discovered that he was shot and collapsed in the parking lot of the complex. Gage was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge and treated for gunshot wounds to the torso and upper arm. Gage did not regain consciousness and San Marcos Police Department detectives were unable to speak with him. He died early Sunday afternoon.

People with information on the suspects should contact 512.753.2369 or 

Tips can be made to or Crime Stoppers of Hays County at

If information is received that helps the SMPD solve this crime and arrest the suspects, the Crime Stoppers reward will be paid separately from the Gage family reward.

Crime Stoppers will insure the anonymity of any callers who provide information.The Gage family will do whatever they can to keep the tipster anonymous but it is not guaranteed as is the case with Crime Stoppers tipsters.

All information received through Crime Stoppers will be channeled through the SMPD for follow-up.

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