Police in Mott Haven, Bronx are searching for the killer after a gentleman was stabbed to death. It also seems like family members have been able to identify a person of interest. Now authorities are on the lookout for the victim’s own nephew.
The victim, Owen Dillard was known to hand out money to random kids, and helping people with their bags and strollers, said neighbors. Detectives were searching for clues to help them find his killer.
“He touched so many people, it’s unbearable right now,” neighbor Michael Milliner said. “For real, I feel like I’m dreaming. Can’t sleep.”
“I have twins, and every time I come out, he’s there with me, always helping me with the stroller,” neighbor Charles Koroma said.
Those who knew Dillard best were in terrible pain. They said his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched with his smile, wise words and generosity.
A frantic 911 call from his fiancee brought police to his Beekman Avenue apartment around 8:30 p.m. When investigators arrived, they found Dillard stabbed multiple times in the neck inside his third floor unit. Family members said Dillard recently won $50,000 in the local lottery, but so far, police have not stated a motive for his murder. Another nephew, said Dillard was terminally ill and had been recently told by doctors that he had only months to live.
He said police showed him video of two men wearing hoodies at the front door of the building carrying a bag. He said they stayed inside for nearly a half hour and then exited with a full bag, but that he did not recognize them.
“Video shows two individuals entering the lobby…and exiting about 20 to 25 minutes later with a book bag on their back, and the book bag seemed to be full,” he said. “It wasn’t full when they entered the building.”
Neighbors remembered his kindness with the children of the neighborhood.
“He sat right there by that store, and every kid that walked by, he gave money to randomly,” Milliner said. “Just gave money. What kind of man does that?”
Holding on to memories of him inside his garden across the street and playing chess and dominoes at the corner bodega, many throughout the Mott Haven community are praying for justice.
So far, police have not made any arrests. They’re asking anyone with information to call 1-800-577-TIPS.