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Cumberland authorities seek leads in veteran's death

Posted January 20, 2011

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— Cumberland County deputies on Thursday canvassed a Spring Lake neighborhood and passed out fliers in an effort to generate leads in the slaying of a veteran two weeks ago.

A family member went to check on Angel Santiago Delacruz, 83, at his home at 201 Rose St., on Jan. 2 and found him dead in his bedroom, authorities said. An autopsy determined that he died of asphyxiation.

Investigators said they believe robbery was the motive for the slaying because a few hundred dollars in cash was missing from the home.

"We rely on the community. We rely on a lot of things. We rely on forensic evidence. There is not just one thing that solves a crime. What solves a homicide is community involvement," Sgt. J.T. Brown of the sheriff's office said.

Born in Puerto Rico, Delacruz was drafted during the Korean War and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

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  • mikeyj Jan 20, 2011

    Stories like this really p me off! A VET! The very guy who fought with his all, in nasty areas to protect AMERICAS freedoms. Yes even the very freedom for the perp to follow a life of crime if that is the risk they coose. Choice is an American freedom! Rest in peace my brother, my commrade. Find this guy fast and punish him/her to the fullest extent of the laws.

  • u stand corrected Jan 20, 2011

    Rest in pease brother. So sad.