Published: Apr 10, 2014 10:21 AM EDT

MOORE HAVEN, Fla.- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the Glades County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are announcing an increased reward in hopes of finding the person responsible for killing 31-year-old Mario Hughes, a US Army veteran.

Hughes was murdered at his residence on East Park Avenue SE in Moore Haven shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31st. More than two months after his death, investigators are hoping an increased reward of $7,000 will encourage someone to come forward and provide information that will lead to the arrest of his killer. Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is offering $1,000, and an anonymous donor has added $5,000 to the reward fund.

Hughes was born in El Salvador, but grew up in Moore Haven and graduated from Moore Haven High School in 2000. After high school, he joined the US Army, and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was a member of the US Army Reserves until his passing. Hughes left behind three young children, his parents, a grandmother, a brother and sister and several nieces and nephews.

Anyone with information on the murder of Mario Hughes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $7,000. Tips may also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.