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Alexandria Police to Address Dunning Homicide

Dunning's son tells NBC Washington he believes his mother was targeted.

Luminarias line Mount Vernon Avenue in honor of Nancy Dunning during the 2012 tree-lighting ceremony in Del Ray. (Patch file photo)
Luminarias line Mount Vernon Avenue in honor of Nancy Dunning during the 2012 tree-lighting ceremony in Del Ray. (Patch file photo)

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.

Really? December 04, 2013 at 04:55 PM
As someone who was previously unaware of this Murder, I guess it is of no surprise that the local police force, complete with their insane budget and castle of a police station, are no closer to solving this murder than the murder of the transportation guy last month or the complete fumble on the armed robbery at safeway. What are these guys paid for? To hassle people for traffic infractions and hang out at the waterfront looking important?

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