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Dad makes impassioned plea to help find soldier son's killer

Posted October 7, 2011
Updated May 30, 2015

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— The parents of a Fort Bragg soldier who was shot and killed outside a Fayetteville hotel in 2011 continue to plead with the public to help find their son's killer.

Pfc. Chad Patrick Dellit, 22, was shot in the head outside the Innkeeper Hotel at 1720 Skibo Road sometime at 11:08 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Police detectives say they have few leads but are looking for a man seen on surveillance video running from the area as well as a man caught on security video at a nearby convenience store that night.

They have not released a motive for the crime but have said that Dellit was visiting someone at the hotel and that it didn't appear as if anything had been stolen from him.

Dellit's father, Todd Dellit, is convinced somebody in that busy area of Fayetteville had to see something.

"For somebody to take him out like this was wrong," Todd Dellit said Friday. "What I'm asking for is for the people of Fayetteville to come through for me, to help me find this guy that took him out, that did this to him."

Gavin MacRoberts, a spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department, has said that police were called to the Innkeeper less than two hours prior to finding Chad Dellit lying between two cars.

A woman had reported hearing gunshots and seeing someone run from the scene. A nearby security camera showed a man in a white, long-sleeve shirt and dark pants in the parking lot around the same time.

Pfc. Chad Dellit Dad pleads for help in finding son's killer

Police released the photo from the convenience store on Friday of a man also wearing a white, long-sleeve shirt and dark pants.

He is approximately 25 to 35 years old, has a dark skin tone, stands 5 feet 8 inches tall to 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 160 to 200 pounds. He either is bald or has short hair.

Investigators believe he might be a transient who known to have recently spent time in the Cross Creek Mall area of Fayetteville.

Anyone who recognizes the man in either image or remembers seeing a man wearing similar clothes on the evening of Sept. 21 is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-587-3254 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

Chad Dellit, of Fulton, Ill., was assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade of Fort Bragg. He enlisted in the Army in September 2008.

"He wanted to be a lifer," his father said. "That was his dream. He wanted to be in for life. That's all he ever talked about."

Todd Dellit said he and his wife had prepared for the possibility that their son wouldn't return home if he were ever deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, but he never had a chance to deploy.

"To end up on U.S. soil and someone to take a shot at him in a hotel parking lot, like that – this boy would have given the shirt off his back and helped anyone out," Todd Dellit said. "That's the way we raised him."


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  • ProudOfMySoldier Oct 7, 2011

    RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman
    They did post the pics of this person of interest, they are in the photos that go with the article

  • tcshort1004 Oct 7, 2011

    I'm sorry for the family's loss. Unfortunately for him, that late at night the area isn't busy.

  • UPTOP Oct 7, 2011

    As a Parent of A Marine My prayers are with you and your family !

  • airbornemonty Oct 7, 2011

    I have been a resident of Fayetteville for many years and resent people that have never lived here and know little about the city making bold statements about the criminal element in this city.

    I can assure you that you can go into any part of Fayetteville and if you have no ill intentions no one will bother you.

    On the other hand, if you're looking for someone to ring your bell, I'm sure you will find someone that will do it for you; Just like you will get your bell rung in any city in North Carolina.

    As for the unfortunate young man, he went to the hotel for some reason, probably to meet someone and that person he was to meet, should become a person of interest to the investigators.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 7, 2011

    BP - "Tawdry section of town. Few respectable folks would deign encamp there for an evening unless something was going down."

    From what I understand, many soldiers are temporarily bivouac'd there while training or while awaiting on-base housing.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 7, 2011

    If they have film, why aren't they enhancing it and releasing photos?

    Praying they DO find these guys.

    Praying for his loved ones.

  • NoObamaCare Oct 7, 2011

    The article states that he was meeting someone at the Innkeeper..how do they know this? Did the person he was meeting tell authorities after the fact; and if so, why didn't they see anything? Sorry to lose a Soldier to such a pathetic situation. May God bless his father and friends!

  • Tarheel born Oct 7, 2011

    Prayers to the family and his family of the military.

    Here's hoping that the FPD catches a break in this case and can identify the slime ball that committed this heinous crime.

  • ProudOfMySoldier Oct 7, 2011

    My prayers go out to this family and I hope the person responsible is caught.

    Please, why must one jump to conclusions it was a drug deal. Please have common sense and not assume like this. Just because of where it was does not mean that is what he was there for. Many soldiers stay at that hotel when they are here for certain things and not stationed here.
    I am sorry but every town has its bad people. I dislike people jumping and saying the town is full of criminals. It is every town and there are parts of Fayetteville that have upstanding people.
    My prayers and thoughts are with this family

  • u stand corrected Oct 7, 2011

    For the love of mankind! Please keep your nasty little remarks to yourself. A man is dead and his family is grieving.