Murdered soldier's family wants justice


Chad Dellit's family travelled to Fayetteville from Iowa to meet with detectives and make a plea to the public for help solving the murder of a young man who was described as the kind of hardworking man who was nice to everyone.

"You could ask anybody in the brigade, nobody disliked him, everybody liked him, just a great friend," Dellit's friend Spec. Brian Kingery said.

The 22-year-old was shot and killed outside the Innkeeper Hotel on Skibo Road on September 20.

"This boy meant everything to me, he was 22-years-old, and he gave me 22 excellent years and I was hoping for many more," Dellit's father Todd Dellit said. "Chad Patrick Dellit did not deserve to be taken out by being shot in the head, and be left lying behind his truck. And for somebody to take him out like this was wrong, and what I'm asking for is the people of Fayetteville to come through for me, to help me find this guy that took him out, that did this to him."

Fayetteville detectives said it could have been an attempted robbery. They're also asking the public for help identifying a person of interest captured in surveillance video from that night.

The person is described as an African American man wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and dark pants.

Officers said the person of interest walked with a very distinctive gait, almost as if he'd been riding a horse.

Click here to watch the surveillance video

Anyone who recognizes the person of interest or remembers seeing a person wearing a similar outfit and/or walking like the person seen in the video is asked to call (910) 587-3254 or Crime Stoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

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