Friday, February 10, 2012
Out for Justice: Samuel Del Brocco
He was a successful Washington D.C.-area businessman here visiting, when he was brutally killed in his Pompano Beach vacation home. As Patrick Fraser tells us in tonight's Out for Justice, Broward detectives are working to find clues that will unlock the case and are hoping a $26,000 reward will encourage someone to step forward and give them a tip to help solve this brutal crime.
WSVN -- When Samuel Del Brocco was young, he was the lead singer in a rock band.
Later, he became a successful businessman, and most importantly, he was always a wonderful person.
Jackson Bain, D.C. Friend: "Sam Del Brocco was a friend to everybody."
Peter F. Romero, D.C. Friend: "I don't think you could ask for a better friend."
Sam grew up in Broward County, then went on to build his own company with offices in New York City and northern Virginia where he lived. But his heart never left South Florida.
Peter F. Romero, D.C. Friend: "Sam was always a child of Broward County. He loved it down here."
Sam owned a condo in Pompano Beach, where he would stay when coming down to visit his friends.
And it's someone he thought was a friend that ended his life.
Detective Tim Duggan, BSO: "We believe he befriended someone, took him home, and that person became his attacker."
It was Sept. 11, 2010. Sam met someone that night, maybe in a bar. It would cost him his life.
Peter F. Romero, D.C. Friend: "What we do know is that Sam had a guest, and that for some reason, whether the guest has planned it that way or not, it got very violent and there was a struggle that ensued, and Sam was found dead, beaten."
Jackson got the call back in D.C.
Jackson Bain, D.C. Friend: "We were in shock. It was a terrible surprise, and of course the worst kind of news."
Peter got the call at his home in D.C.
Peter F. Romero, D.C. Friend: "We were just all devastated, and we still are."
Both men thought so highly of Sam, admired and adored him so much they flew down to South Florida just to talk about him with Out for Justice.
Jackson Bain, D.C. Friend: "Please remember that Sam Del Brocco wasn't just a businessman from northern Virginia. He was local person, he was a caring family person with a lot of friends who really cared about him, and his case should matter."
Patrick Fraser: "Sam had gay bars that he liked to visit to see some friends. At one, they remember him that night, but no one has come forward to tell police they saw Sam with a particular person. That's what police need: a tip, as Detective Duggan says, someone to crack open a door for them."
Detective Tim Duggan, BSO: "And as soon as those doors are open just a crack, we will be through that door, and we'll eventually and finally make an arrest in the death of Sam."
Sam's friends can't stop thinking about him, about the guy who would always think of others.
Peter F. Romero, D.C. Friend: "If you were his friend, there was very little distinction between family and friend for him. At all the holidays, you could expect a call from Sam to invite you over."
And detectives are convinced someone in South Florida who is watching knows who came to visit Sam that night.
Detective Tim Duggan, BSO: "Someone knows what happened. They know the person, they saw Sam on the particular evening with this person, and it's just a matter of getting to that person or getting to someone who knows who that person is to make that phone call."
Sam had so many friends in his lifetime. His life has ended. Their friendship has not.
Jackson Bain, D.C. Friend: "I think the shock of it has still not worn off, and it's been over a year, a year and a half almost, and we're still shocked, we're still furious that it's happened and no one has been brought to justice."
So take another look at this picture. This is what Sam looked like in 2010, when he was brutally murdered. If you remember seeing him with someone, call Broward Crime Stoppers. There is a $26,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.
Also, if you worry that people have forgotten about your loved one that was murdered, give us a call and discover how many people are still Out for Justice.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Broward Crime Stoppers: 954-493-TIPS
Out For Justice: 305-598-HELP (4357) in Miami-Dade or 954-796-HELP (4357) in Broward