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Daughter of Murdered Wicomico County Man Speaks Out


WICOMICO COUNTY, Md- One month has past and still no arrests in a deadly home invasion in Wicomico County.

Maryland State Police said, 72-year-old Donald Mariner was beaten to death inside his home on Pemberton Drive near Salisbury on April 16.

Police said a second victim inside the home told them he had been hit with a blunt object.

Authorities said the suspects took Mariner's truck then abandoned it with some of his other possessions on West Main Street in Salisbury.

So far no one has been caught and now Mariner's daughter  Dawn Bruning is asking for help.

"I'm very upset that he died the way that he did as hard he worked every day of his life for everything that he had and he just died this way," Bruning said while holding one of Mariner's baseball caps that he wore the day of the murder. 

Bruning said that after going through stages of denial, hurt and fear she's now angry. Angry, at the person she calls an animal.

She said that while the police investigation unfortunately continues to hit a dead end, she does have faith. Bruning said she's convinced that somebody out there knows something about her dad who was fondly known as Donnie.

"We can have justice, if we can look into the evil eyes of this person and maybe even find what their motives were," Bruning said, "I mean are they that sick? that they would have to do this to a 72-year-old man in his sleep?"

On Wednesday investigators told WBOC that they continue to work with a lot of leads but at this point they cannot reveal any more details.
Dawn said that her dad's pictures and memorabilia are the only things that keep her going as she copes.

"I'll spend the rest of my life trying to find out who did this and why," she said, "we're going to figure this out for dad, for justice." 

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information concerning the home invasion to contact the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101.Crime solvers of the Lower Shore can be contacted at  410-548-1776. 

Callers may remain anonymous. 

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 
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