Anniversary vigil set for slain club owner

September 26, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Relatives and friends will hold a candlelight vigil tonight in memory of Joanne Shuey Valentine, a nightclub owner who was slain three years ago in the driveway of her Arnold home.

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at the Valentine family home, 517 Broadwater Road, said Pam Lyons, Valentine's sister.

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 man fired two shots at Valentine. She died about 7 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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

The suspect was charged a second time, but those charges were dropped in March 1994 after records showed that a co-defendant was in the Baltimore County jail at the time of the slaying.

The case remains open with no new leads, police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Kelly said. "If someone has anything -- no matter how insignificant it may be -- give us a call, and we'll look into it."

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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