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One year passes since honor student Amber Stanley murdered in her sleep

Police seek tips that could lead to killer

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Published on: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

By Jim Davis

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of 17-year-old honor student Amber Stanley’s murder.

The Charles H. Flowers High School rising senior was shot and killed around 10 p.m. Aug. 22, 2012, as she slept in her Kettering bedroom. She was enrolled in an elite science and technology program and dreamed of studying medicine at Harvard University.

Prince George’s County Police Department canvassed Stanley’s neighborhood last week, and homicide detectives still seek leads and suspects in this case.

“This murder investigation remains a high priority,” states a police department news release. “A team of detectives is devoted to this case and this case alone. This was not a random act of violence. We have identified several strong leads in this investigation, and we, like the rest of our community, are eager for it to close with an arrest.”

When police responded to the 100 block of Chartsey Street for the reported shooting, officers found Stanley had been shot multiple times. Allegedly, a gunman kicked in the home’s front door, climbed the stairs to the room where Stanley slept, shot her multiple times and walked out of the house without saying a word to Stanley’s mother or foster sister, police said.

A few days after the shooting, more than 50 police officers and cadets searched the woods, storm drains and the neighborhood for hours looking for clues. Several weeks later, police spoke to people in a nearby shopping center, still searching out clues and handing out flyers offering a $25,000 reward for information.

Police have checked every tip received. Those tips have led police in many directions—except to Stanley’s killer, Capt. George Nichols said.

“We are looking for that one tip that will help to close this case,” Nichols said. “Someone knows something, and we need that information.”

Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw has repeatedly said there will be an arrest in this case.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone.

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