News release

Homicide of Lee’Marion Cain Added to Rewards Program

The government is offering the largest reward ever in its unsolved crimes program in the case of eight-year-old Lee’Marion Cain of North Preston.

The reward of $250,000 is $100,000 more than the maximum amount in other cases under the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, which launched in 2006. This is the first time the government has increased a reward for information in a specific case.

Lee’Marion was in a vehicle on Windmill Road in Dartmouth on December 21, 2021, when shots were fired at it, and he was struck. He was taken to the IWK Health Centre but succumbed to his injuries. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

“Acts of gun violence in our community are both troubling and heartbreaking. When it results in the death of an innocent child, it is devasting,” said Justice Minister Brad Johns. “It is my hope that increasing the reward for this case will make those with information come forward to police so they can identify those responsible and allow Lee’Marion’s family and friends to heal. Now is the time for anyone with information to come forward so this horrendous crime can be solved.”

Investigators believe there are people who may have information they have not shared with police that could result in arrests and possible charges in relation to Lee’Marion’s death.

Anyone with information on this crime should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. People who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded.

Anyone with information who prefers to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of Nova Scotia at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Quick Facts:

  • the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes
  • the reward when the program started was up to $50,000 and increased to $150,000 in 2008
  • the reward is payable in Canadian funds and will be allocated as deemed just by the Minister of Justice for the Province of Nova Scotia.
  • there are 106 active cases in the program; five cash rewards have been paid out since the program started
  • employees of law enforcement and correctional agencies are not eligible to collect rewards

Additional Resources:

A photo of Lee’Marion Cain and details about the case can be found at:

Information on other cases under the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is available at: