Reporting Derek Valcourt
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (WJZ) — Police on the Eastern Shore are hoping a critical piece of evidence will help them catch a killer.
It’s been three months since Edmond St. Clair, 21, was murdered at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Derek Valcourt shows us the knife police hope will crack the case.
Police say not only do they have the murder weapon, but they may also have a sample of the killer’s DNA. But so far, there are no suspects.
A photo has been released of the knife police say was used to kill UMES student Edmond St. Clair. The 3.5 inch Remington folding knife with an orange, reddish handle was discovered during a search near the crime scene.
Police revealed the weapon for the first time in an effort to drum up new leads.
“There was other DNA on the knife that investigators continue to examine. It has not been positively connected with anyone yet, so we are not certain that it is a suspect’s DNA. But there is someone else’s DNA on that knife,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.
The murder happened on the college campus Feb. 16 during their busy homecoming weekend.
St. Clair’s younger brother and a friend were visiting him on campus that weekend. All three hopped in a car to go get something to eat around 9 p.m. That’s when they say three other young men stepped into the road, blocking their car.
St. Clair got out of the car to confront the men and was stabbed in the chest. He died in his brother Isiah’s arms.
“I saw the people too but I was like, stay with my brother or go get them? So I had to stay with my brother so I let them go,” said Isiah St. Clair.
Investigators released security camera photos of some of the cars they’re looking for that were seen in the area. They pleaded with students for information, but nearly two months later, the case has yet to be cracked.
“The students definitely want to see justice be served on behalf of one of our own students,” a woman said.
Police say they don’t know why the victim was killed. They don’t know if the victim knew his killers and they don’t know if the killers were students at the university.
Crime Solvers and UMES are offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.