1 year later, family of slain Sanford war hero angry about investigation

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Keran Stanislaus

SANFORD, Fla. - It has been one year since a Purple Heart recipient was shot and killed in Sanford, and on Saturday his family held a vigil to remind the community that no one has been arrested for his murder.

Keran Stanislaus, 24, was in the driveway of his friend’s home in the Placid Woods subdivision when he was killed, authoritie said.

During the vigil, the family said they’re concerned Stanislaus’ alleged murder is not getting enough attention from investigators.

They also promoted an anti-violence campaign in his honor called “Put your guns down and put your hands up.”

They encouraged people to call Crimeline with confidential tips about the case.

Before his death, Stanislaus survived a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery.

One year after his death, his family said they are not happy with how Sanford police have conducted the investigation.

They said they’re also upset because several people were around when Stanislaus was killed, but none of them have cooperated with investigators.

“It comes to a point and time when someone needs to speak up and say something so justice can be brought,” said the victim’s sister, Jeannita Jones.

The family plans to sail off lanterns in the St. John’s River in tribute of Stanislaus.

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