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If time heals all wounds, the cut is still fresh for Marilyn and Robert Sears.
“It’s such a loss. He meant so much to everybody. He did so much,” Marilyn said.
It’s been more than five years – five missed birthdays, five missed hunting trips – since the Huntingtown couple lost their oldest son, Greg.
The father-to-be was shot dead in his driveway is Laurel.
“The phone rang and it was Sarah’s friend that was at the hospital with her and they didn’t tell us much, they just said ‘Greg was shot. Come to the University of Maryland,’” Marilyn said.
Recounting the hours afterwards are still a blur for Marilyn.
The panic, the peril, the pain all still very real for the couple as they think, not only of their loss, but the void left in Greg’s wife Sarah’s heart.
“Her whole world was taken from her that day and she had to keep strong because she was due at any second,” Marilyn said.
Sarah was due with her and Greg’s baby boy.
It’s a major moment for any relationship, but for Greg and Sarah this baby meant something more.
“They had tried so hard to have a child and couldn’t,” Marilyn said.
So the two were overjoyed on that sixth day in January 2012, but the joy quickly turned to sorrow.
Anne Arundel County Sgt. RJ Price recently looked over the case. He used to patrol in that part of Laurel.
“Apparently, as he was coming to his residence, he was approached by two males in an apparent robbery,” Price said.
Price is part of Anne Arundel County Police’s criminal investigation division. He says what happened next to Greg was a crime of opportunity.
“There was a brief confrontation with the suspects. After this confrontation, he went into his garage and realized he had been shot,” Price remembered.
Two men in dark clothing with masks covering their faces – that’s how Greg described the crooks to police as he was sent to the emergency room.
“Each time they look in their child’s eyes, I hope they think of that night. When they go to their prom, when they go their wedding. I want them to think that my grandson will never have his dad there,” Marilyn said, fighting back tears.
Greg died while he was in the hospital.
His parents were heartbroken. His wife was forced to raise a child alone.
“Just makes you wonder what it would be like,” Robert, Greg’s dad said. He sat quietly next to his wife, occasionally tearing up thinking of the loss of his son whom he called his best friend.
“Think of my grandson. He needs to know whoever did this is caught,” Marilyn said.
Kevin Gregory Sears – born a week and a half after his father’s murder. A boy who will never know his dad and won’t know why someone took him away.
Every so often, Robert will go to the neighborhood where Greg was killed and put up fliers hoping someone will come forward with information as to who killed his son.
If you can help in any way, call Metro Crimestoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.