Police seek help to find killers of gay Georgia man

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Police hope a video of a deadly ambush in a parking lot and a $15,000 reward will help revive their stalled investigation into the murder of a gay north Georgia man in broad daylight. 

David Sanchez was gunned down outside Victory Foods near Memorial Park Road in Gainesville in April 2012. He stopped at the plant with $50,000 to cash the paychecks of employees at the chicken processing plant. 

As Sanchez and an associate pulled into the parking lot, two robbers approached them. As Sanchez tried to flee, he was shot and died later at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. His female companion was not injured. The robbery and killing have gone unsolved, so in an effort to revive their cold case, the Hall County Sheriff's Office on Monday released a video of the moments leading up to the attack.

Police told WSB that witnesses with details of the crime are afraid to come forward, despite a $15,000 for tips leading to an arrest in the case. So authorities asked for the public's help on Monday.

Via Access North Georgia:

Wiley said they are making another appeal to the public because they feel someone knows something that will lead to suspects in each case.

“For whatever reason, they don't want to come forward,” said Wiley. “Either their citizenship status or they feared the victim or the victim's associates in some way or they know the offender and they fear [him or her].”

Authorities released sketches of three men wanted for questioning not long after the killing. Sanchez's vehicle, stolen during the robbery, was later found.

Sanchez owned Joyeria y Novedades Latinos, a Latin boutique in Gainesville. He supported community activities and sponsored HIV prevention efforts at a gay community center, also in Gainesville.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Hall County Sheriff's Office at 770-503-3233. Tipsters can remain anonymous.



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