Police seek help in 14-year-old murder case

Clearwater, Florida -- The Pinellas Sheriff's Office held a press conference Friday morning to bring renewed attention to the 14-year-old unsolved murder case of 23-year-old Marco Waters.

Investigators say around 9:55 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2001, 23-year-old Marco Waters was sitting with his girlfriend in front of his sister's apartment at 5401 Colfax Street, Apartment 2 in Clearwater.

Detectives say two men walked back and forth in front of the apartment several times and then approached them. Waters' girlfriend was able to get inside the home as the two men robbed Waters at gunpoint.

Waters became engaged in a struggle with them and they took his wallet containing a large sum of money. As the suspects fled, Waters yelled out to them and one of the suspects turned around and shot him.

Waters was taken to Largo Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives say Waters' sister and girlfriend described them as being in their early 20s. They had their faces covered.

"We are confident that someone out there has information that would help solve this crime," said Sheriff Gualtieri. "We are hopeful that this campaign conducted in partnership with the Springtime Club, will prompt the community to begin a dialogue and to come forward with any information they may have, no matter how insignificant it may seem, and help us bring closure to the Waters' children and other family members."

In order to further the appeal for the public's help, the Springtime Club will host a candlelight vigil from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on June 19 at the Highpoint Family Center located at 5812 150th Avenue North in Clearwater.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that may assist in this investigation to contact Sergeant Rob Snipes of the Robbery/Homicide Unit or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1 800-873-TIPS.


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