Candlelight vigil will observe second anniversary of slaying Shooting of club owner remains unsolved despite three arrests in case

September 26, 1995|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Joanne Shuey Valentine, a nightclub owner who was gunned down in the driveway of her Arnold home two years ago, will be remembered tonight at a candlelight vigil on the second anniversary of her death.

The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mrs. Valentine's home in the 500 block of Broadwater Road, said Pam Lyons, Mrs. Valentine's sister.

"It's a remembrance. It was the least we can do," she said.

"It was something that we all felt like we needed to do."

Mrs. Valentine, 47, had returned from closing Rumblefish, the Pasadena nightclub she and her husband owned, about 4 a.m. Sept. 26, 1993, when she was confronted by four men.

Words were exchanged and one of the men fired two shots at Mrs. Valentine. She died about 7 a.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police arrested one suspect in the slaying in November 1993, but prosecutors dropped those charges three months later because of a lack of evidence.

Charges against two suspects were dropped last March after records showed one of them was in the Baltimore County Detention Center at the time of the slaying.

The inability to make charges stick has frustrated Mrs. Valentine's relatives and friends.

"It certainly doesn't give us any closure," said Mrs. Lyons. "We wish they had more [leads].

"We can only hope that they will continue their investigation and come up with something."

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