The son of Nancy Dunning told NBC Washington Tuesday he believes his mother was targeted when she was murdered in her Del Ray home 10 years ago this week.
Her murder remains unsolved and a police investigation continues.
"I think she was targeted but nothing has happened to me," Chris Dunning said. "It's been 10 years. You can't sit around and be afraid to go out of the house."
Alexandria police have scheduled a Wednesday morning press conference to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Nancy Dunning was a popular Del Ray realtor who spearheaded the neighborhood’s revitalization by creating many annual community events. She was married to Jim Dunning, then sheriff of Alexandria.
Jim Dunning moved out of the state a few years after his wife’s murder. He died last year in Hilton Head, S.C. at age 62.
According to NBC Washington, police will say Wednesday that Jim Dunning’s death does not change the nature of the investigation into Nancy Dunning’s murder.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Del Ray will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony at the corner of Mount Vernon and Oxford avenues. A large stretch of Mount Vernon Avenue through Del Ray will be lined with luminarias in honor of Nancy Dunning.
"I think it's important to remember her and that's why I do these things—so we do remember her," Dunning’s niece, Kate Moran, told NBC Washington.