Reward going up in shooting death of activist

HOUSTON,TX. (AP) - Authorities in Houston are set to announce an increased reward in the investigation into the January shooting death of an Iranian human rights activist.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the reward will go up to $10,000 on Monday in the case of Gelareh Bagherzadeh She was found shot to the death in her car Jan. 16.

The 30-year-old was an outspoken supporter of women's rights in Iran and had recently converted from Islam to Christianity. Bagherzadeh moved to the U.S. several years ago and was studying molecular genetic technology.

In January, investigators had not found evidence suggesting she was targeted for her nationality or activism. Though nothing was taken from her vehicle, authorities haven't ruled out robbery as the motive.

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