By Mary Bubala

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ)– A promising honors student is dead after a man breaks down her front door and shoots her while she sleeps. It happened in a quiet Prince George’s County neighborhood.

Mary Bubala has the story.

Police detectives are passing out flyers in the Kettering neighborhood where Amber Stanley was murdered. The 17-year-old was a student at Charles Herbert Flowers High School.

“It’s a sad reality,” one neighbor said.

Those who knew Stanley say she was a standout student who hoped to go to Harvard University.

“Very shocking. Such a nice young lady.”

According to Prince George’s County police, someone broke down the front door, yelled her name and then shot her multiple times in her bedroom. Three other family members escaped through windows.

“I think it’s a tragedy. We haven’t had anything like this happen in our neighborhood,” a neighbor said.

The victim’s older sister, who was inside at the time of the shooting, returned to the home for the first time. And police confirm they have been to the house before, including days before the crime.

The family has several foster children and one complained of mistreatment.

That was Tuesday. Stanley, 17, was shot and killed Wednesday night.

“I hope he doesn’t come back, and I am sorry that she had to leave this way,” said a neighbor.

Police say they are looking at every possible motive in the death of Amber Stanley. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.


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