“We will leave no stone unturned,” was the message Prince George’s County police told the Kettering community during a Monday night meeting to discuss the slaying of a 17-year-old girl and emphasize the need for any information related to the case.
Nearly 150 residents filled the Kettering Community Center as county officers and detectives reminded residents to come forward if they know anything about the case, which remains unsolved. Around 11:23 p.m. Aug. 22, police responded to the 100 block of Chartsey Street in Kettering for the report of a shooting and found Amber Deanna Stanley, 17, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police said an unknown gunman kicked in the front door of the home, went into Stanley’s bedroom and shot her multiple times before walking out of the home and away from the community.
Maj. Michael Straughan, the department’s homicide commander, said the unit is receiving multiple tips daily, but it is still looking for more information.
Deputy Police Chief Craig Howard said police believe the incident was isolated, but said a motive is unknown and police do not have a description of a suspect.
Police have canvassed the neighborhood and surrounding area to search for evidence. Howard said they have also spoken with students at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, where Stanley was a senior, and Largo High School, which is the county high school closest to Stanley’s residence. He also said police have obtained video surveillance footage from nearby shopping centers to see if they can point to anyone suspicious who may be considered a suspect.
County Councilman Derrick Davis (D-Dist. 6) of Mitchellville attended the meeting and asked residents to think back to what they were doing that night, to “not let any feeling in your spirit go unturned” and tell police if they remember anything unusual.
“I’m still stunned and disheartened. This is not something we’re used to in this neighborhood,” he said. “This is not something we can anticipate or expect, but let’s remain vigilant and keep our eyes and ears open.”
Phil Lee, executive director of the Kettering Civic Federation, asked residents to speak to their children since they generally know the most about what goes on in a community.
“There’s no way police are going to be able to talk to every individual and their child in Kettering. Let’s not leave them out of the equation. It was their colleague, their friend,” Lee said.
Irma Gaither, Stanley’s mother, attended the meeting and said nothing was taken from the home and nothing appeared to be damaged or destroyed during the incident. She said she has no idea who may have committed the murder or why it was done.
“She was such a loving child. Who would want to kill my baby? She wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Gaither said of her daughter, who was an honor student with her eyes set on attending Harvard University next year.
Gaither said she was pleased with the police investigation so far.
“It’s good to see that they’re trying to leave no stone unturned, and I do appreciate everyone coming out to this [meeting],” she said.
County police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 through Crime Solvers for tips leading to the arrest and indictment of a responsible suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-411-TIPS.