LAUREL, Del. – A new year has come and passed, but it did not bring anymore answers on who took the life of Alfred Stanley, just a few hours before the 2012 holiday.
Delaware State Police say on the night of December 31st, Alfred Stanley, 62, of Hurlock, Maryland, was at "Da Spot Club" in Laurel with his son Tyrone, who owned the under-21 dance club. Just before midnight, a fight reportedly broke out between two groups of at least 100 people. Police say Stanley tried to break up the brawl, and was shot in the head.
"Whoever the suspect was determined him as a threat maybe and pulled the trigger," says Corporal Gary Fournier with the Delaware State Police. "In this situation it does not appear he was targeted because of the fact that a lot of people a lot of people were in this parking area."
Store owners in the area say they were closed during the incident, only to find empty bullets in the lot the next day. Police say Stanley died two days later.
The club has since been replaced with a new business. The owner of the building says "Da Spot Club" was shut down a few months after the incident because rent was not paid.
Detectives say they have reportedly interviewed numerous witnesses but still have not been able to find a suspect.
WMDT spoke with family members' just days after Stanley was ripped from their lives.
"I feel so bad about whomever it was that was a coward to take the life of an innocent man," says Cora Stanley, wife of Alfred.
"This could have been your niece, your nephew, this could have been your mom, but this was my father," says Tyrone Stanley, son of Alfred. "I want them to come forth and cooperate with investigators and tell them what they saw."
Now two years later, Delaware State Police are asking for the same. They have reportedly interviewed numerous witnesses but still haven't been able to find a suspect. They are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-TIP-3333. Through this line, callers can give information anonymously.
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