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$7,000 reward for info in teacher's slaying

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Family members of a Chicago public school teacher who was fatally shot in gang crossfire have increased the reward for information in her slaying.

Police say 58-year-old Betty Howard died last week in an exchange of gunfire between two groups of alleged gang members. Her family said Monday that they're offering a $7,000 reward thanks to donations from the community.

Howard's husband, Major Howard, says he misses his wife as a friend and a teacher "who cared for her students."

Howard taught at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep on the city's South Side. She also worked with special needs students and at a realty company. Family members say she was at that office May 29 when a bullet came through a wall and struck her in the head.

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