Reward to solve 5 slayings grows to $30,000

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) - A reward offered for an arrest and conviction in the Aug. 20 slayings of five men in an apartment outside Birmingham has grown to $30,000.

Authorities said Sunday the identities of all five victims are now known, but there have been no arrests. The bodies - bound with duct tape before their throats were slashed - were found in suburban Birmingham.

Three victims were identified Friday as Ezequiel Rebollar-Perrban, 23; Jaime Echeverria, 30; and Armando Lopez, between 20 and 30. The names of the remaining two won't be released until relatives are contacted.

Gov. Bob Riley has authorized $10,000 in state reward money. The Shelby County sheriff's office added $5,000, and another $15,000 is offered by the U.S. Marshal Service. Anyone with tips about the case can contact investigators at (205) 669-9116.

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