Father dies before son's cold case murder solved

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Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 8:01 PM

Mike Hoss / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - You might not know Dave MacLellan, but you'll likely remember his mission to find his son's killer, but now MacLellan's unparalleled determination has been cut short.

Those who knew him say no one worked harder to find his son's killer than MacLellan, but now they are mourning his passing. The Boston native recently died of a heart attack.

“My son was a good person, a fine Jesuit education. He appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” MacLellan told Eyewitness News in 2010.

Dave's son, John MacLellan, 38, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt while walking to his Lakeview home back in 2004.

Since that time, for years, MacLellan made almost monthly trips to New Orleans to keep the cold case alive.

He would walk the streets, putting up posters of his son's picture and meeting with New Orleans police cold case detectives about progress. Typically he would head home for Boston with little success, but he never stopped coming.

He became such a fixture in the criminal justice system that he began to volunteer his time with the local Crimestoppers team.

“Obviously his love for his son motivated his efforts in trying to find his son’s killers, and law enforcement worked very closely with him for a long time, and it’s one of those cases we really wish we could solve,” said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand in an interview Wednesday.

Crimestoppers officials say they will continue MacLellan’s fight for justice in his son's case as they do for all cold cases.

Anyone with a tip about this case or any cold case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 1-877-903-STOP. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

 

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