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    After four years, Leesburg family still struggling for answers

    For four years Della Lane of Leesburg has waited for closure that may never come.

    But that doesn't mean the wife will ever give up hope that her husband's killer will one day be caught.

    "Naturally, when something like this happens, you want answers yesterday. But no closure. No answers," Della Lane said.

    Her husband, Jammie Lane, 44, was found dead in his Leesburg townhome on March 26, 2009. He had been stabbed in the abdomen.

    Leesburg Police Chief Joe Price at the time of Lane’s death said there was no signs of forced entry at Lane’s home, however, there were signs of a minor struggle.

    Working as a landscaper, Lane was a popular member of his community and was active with his family, especially his grandchildren.

    "It's taken a toll on the grandchild left behind. It's hard for me to hear them talk about him," Della Lane said.

    His wife said she hasn't received any updates on the case for some time – a gap that leaves her wondering if her husband's killer is still out there.

    "You know there's somebody out there that knows something," she said.

    Leesburg Master Police Officer Christopher Tidmore said detectives are still actively investigating the Lane case, although they don't have any new leads.

    "We're still actively looking into this case because we want closure for this family," Tidmore said.

    The family opted this year to not hold a vigil in Jammie Lane's honor.

    "It's just so draining and it takes a lot of planning, so I thought I would give it a break this year and take it back up next year," she said. "… We haven't given up hope. I'm very strong in my faith. I haven't given up hope that I will get answers, I just don't know when."

    Last year on the third anniversary of Jammie Lane's death, police named accused serial stabber Elias Abuelazam as a person of interest in his death.

    Tidmore said March 26 that Abuelazam is "still a strong person of interest" in the case.

    Abuelazam is suspected of stabbing three people in Leesburg on Aug. 3, 5, and 6, 2010, in addition to going on a months long stabbing spree in May 2010 in Michigan and Ohio. He hasn’t been charged in Virginia, but has been sentenced to life in prison on one of three counts of murder in Michigan. He's also accused of six counts of assault with attempt to murder in Michigan.

    It's not likely that Abuelazam will return to Virginia to face trial since he has more serious offenses in Michigan, Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman told the Times-Mirror in past interviews.

    Like many of the victims Abuelazam is accused of stabbing in Leesburg in August 2010, Lane was an African-American man.

    Court records show Abuelazam lived at 113 Adams Drive from at least 2005 to 2006.

    Lane lived at 117 Adams Drive at the time of his death.

    “The similarities and connections are something we can’t look away from,” Price said in an August 2010 press conference.

    Days before Lane's death, a Lansdowne couple were brutally assaulted on March 22 while walking near the intersection of River Creek Parkway and Rocky Creek Drive. Cynthia Bennett was found by deputies clinging to life near the intersection while William Bennett’s lifeless body was found discarded just steps from the road.

    Two men were charged in the case, while a third is still under investigation.

    Gregory Darwin Bowman, now 21, is facing two separate capital murder charges, as well as two robbery charges, abduction, rape, object penetration and aggravated malicious wounding charges in connection with the beatings.

    Jaime Ayala, the driver during the incident, pleaded guilty to second degree murder charges Feb. 9, 2011. A third suspect has also been identified by law enforcement as an attacker in the case. Anthony Roberts has not been charged in the case yet, although he remains in custody on other charges.
    While not officially linked to the Lane case, there has been speculation in the community due to the timing that the two are connected.
    Comments

    It seems likely Elias Abuelazam is the killer. He is a racist that targets African Americans and lived near by.

    I hope the cops can prove it and put the case to rest for the family.

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