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Nary Ly to plead for help catching her father's killer

More than a year since Don Ly was murdered, his children plead for closure.

Nary Ly is begging the public to help find her father's killer. "My dad deserves justice," she said. Credit: Charles Mostoller. Nary Ly is begging the public to help find her father's killer. "My dad deserves justice," she said. Credit: Charles Mostoller.

Around mid-afternoon sometimes during the work week, Nary Ly can be found sitting near the circular fountain at Logan Square — crying.

"Where are you going today?" her co-workers will ask.

"And I say 'I'm just going to go out to the park and cry by myself,'" Ly said Wednesday.

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Since the 2013 murder of her father Don Ly, Nary, her three siblings and their mother live without closure.

Don Ly, 68, was stabbed to death on April 18, 2013 as he prepared for work early that morning. Police have not yet found his killer.

On Thursday, Ly will hold a news conference at Tony Luke’s on Oregon Avenue at 1 p.m. and will again plead for help in finding her father's killer.

"If anyone knows anything or sees something, do not be afraid to say," said Ly. "We desperately need help [in] finding this person. My dad deserves justice. He did not deserve to die this way."

Don Ly, who for 20 years sold fruit from a cart at 34th and Walnut streets in University City, brought his family to the United States in 1990. He only had friends, Nary Ly said.

This adds to their grief: the lack of a "Why?"

Don's killer didn't remove his wallet or his jewelry. "It makes no sense to me," Nary Ly said.

"There are no arrests," said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, "and the case is still currently under investigation."

Ly said she calls detectives for updates on the case and their reply is typically, "no leads yet," and "we are going to search until we find this person."

"But I don't know, and now it's been over a year," Ly said. "We just want justice for him. We just want closure."

"It's very tough," she added. "Some days it's OK, but most days I wake up and say, 'Who is this person?'"

Reward


The Citizens Crime Commission and the city of Philadelphia is still offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Don Ly.

The suspect is described as a light skinned black or possibly Hispanic male with a thin build and a beard.

Anyonewithinformation can contact the Philadelphia Police Tipline at 215-686- TIPS.

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