Amber Stanley murder: Police canvassing Maryland neighborhood where teen was shot

Amber Stanley. (File photo)

KETTERING, Md. (WJLA) – Two years ago this Friday, 17-year-old Amber Stanley’s life was tragically cut short, leaving her Kettering, Maryland family devastated.

“We’re just trying to keep the family together,” Amber’s mother, Irma Gaither, said Friday. “This was the first tragedy ever to happen to our family.”

Prince George’s County police say Stanley was in her home back on Aug. 22, 2012 when someone broke down the front door, headed straight to her bedroom, and shot her.

Now, 24 months later, her killer is still on the loose.

On Friday, the anniversary of her death, police headed back to her neighborhood in Kettering to talk to members of the community again and hand out Crime Solvers flyers as they try to gather new information on the case.

“It makes me feel good that they're still working steady, because my daughter is important to me,” said Gaither.

Friday’s canvass by police comes one day after police gave an update to the public on the investigation – one which they say is still “very active” and "the strongest it's ever been."

Police said Thursday they are “closer than they’ve ever been before” to having answers.

“Saying they got stronger leads - that's a good thing,” Gaither said.

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