MAGONLIA, Del. – November 3rd, 2012 – a date still very fresh in the minds of Jonathan Grioli's family and friends.
"Police knocked on my front door and they said are you Jonathan Grioli's mother? I said yes. They said I'm sorry to inform you your son's dead," says Tina Grioli, Jonathan's mother. "I rehash it everyday."
Delaware State Police say they found the body of 25-year-old Grioli, of Clayton, around 4:15 AM along Autumn Moon Lane, lying face down on the side of the road. He had reportedly left the Green Stinger Sports Bar, where he worked as a cook, and caught a ride with friends. His girlfriend Beth says she last spoke with him around that time, and Grioli said he would be home later.
"That was our last conversation," says Beth Hakes. "From there it was a mess. I couldn't sleep in my own bed, our bed. I could barely stand to be in the house. I couldn't function. I didn't know what to do with myself."
Police say an autopsy determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
"There was no indication that he was dragged it just appears that he had fallen in that general location, or placed in that general location," says Corporal Gary Fournier with the Delaware State Police.
However, exactly who did this to Grioli, is still a mystery.
"It's been over a year, and we've tried contacting and re-contacting any potential witnesses to this case to try to gather any more information," says Corporal Fournier.
Family and friends say he was a former band member, loved his job, and was starting a life Beth, before it was cut short.
"He had it all going on," says Tina. "He wasn't a partier he didn't hang around with the wrong crowd, he was just your normal everyday guy."
"Someone robbed Jon of his life and they robbed me of our life together," says Beth.
As police continue their investigation, Grioli's loved ones hope to see justice.
"When, not if, the murderer is found, it won't heal the void, but at least I'll know that there is some sort of justice in this world."
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him," says Tina.
Delaware State Police say they are looking for any tips that could help them follow up on this homicide. If you have any such information, call 1-800-TIP-3333, and through this line callers can give information anonymously.
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