WASHINGTON D.C. — The Washington Field Office for the FBI along with the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program announced Wednesday that they would reward up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to the murder of 29-year-old Joel Wesley Shrum.
The FBI says Shrum was an American Citizen working in Ta’izz, Yemen as an administrator and English teacher for the International Training and Development Center. Shrum was killed on March 18, 2012 by two armed men who opened fire on his vehicle while driving to work. Both men were driving motorcycles and armed with AK-47s.
According to the FBI, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the murder. In 2010, the State Department designated Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Anyone with information about the Shooting of Joel Shrum is asked to contact the FBI, American Embassy or Consulate with information.