Five Years Later, Town Center Mall Slayings Remain Unsolved

Five years ago Wednesday, Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and Bochicchio’s daughter, Joey Bochicchio, 7, were killed outside the Town Center mall, authorities say.

By Julia Bagg and Juan Ortega
|  Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012  |  Updated 2:33 PM EDT
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Five years ago Wednesday, Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and Bochicchio's daughter, Joey Bochicchio, 7, were killed outside the Town Center mall, authorities say.

Five years ago Wednesday, Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and Bochicchio's daughter, Joey Bochicchio, 7, were killed outside the Town Center mall, authorities say.

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Wednesday, on the fifth anniversary of the unsolved killings of a woman and her daughter at the Town Center mall in Boca Raton, their relatives made another plea for the public’s help.

“Please, give my sister and Joey some peace,” Joann Bruno said of her slain sister and niece. “Let them rest in heaven because they don’t have peace.”

Five years ago Wednesday, Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and Bochicchio’s daughter, Joey Bochicchio, 7, were killed outside the mall, authorities say. They were abducted and taken to an ATM to withdraw money, police said. They were bound and shot to death, police said.

More than 1,900 leads have been pursued by police, who have traveled across the country as part of the investigation. Still, investigators say they haven’t pieced together who killed the Nancy and Joey Bochicchio.

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Boca Raton police Chief Dan Alexander vowed not give up on solving the case.

“We’re not going to give up on this,” Alexander said Wednesday. “This is something that we’re going to pursue. It’s up to all of us to get these leads in.”

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Bruno’s spouse, Stanley Bruno, said the past five years have been painful for his family. He said other families should remain vigilant when shopping this holiday season, so they never have to face such tragedy.

“I don’t want to see this happen to any other family,” Bruno said. “They have to be careful at these malls. You never know when it’s going to happen to you.”

Authorities are offering a $350,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer. Authorities ask anyone with information to call 561-338-1352 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477.

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