Cold case

In this screengrab from a video released by police, relatives hold a photo of Peter DiSabatino, who was killed outside Studio Green Apartments in 2012.

Eight years after a University of Delaware student was gunned down outside his Newark apartment, police are renewing their plea for information that could help solve the case.

“Any information could potentially be used to bring criminals to justice and provide peace for the families who have lost their loved one,” said Master Cpl. Michel Eckerd, a spokesman for the New Castle County Police Department.

The shooting happened around 9:20 p.m. Nov. 12, 2012, in what was then known as the Studio Green Apartments on Thorn Lane.

Peter DiSabatino, 20, was inside his apartment at 211 Thorn Lane with friends, when someone he knew texted him to come outside to meet him, police said.

Investigators believe it was a set-up, and when DiSabatino walked outside, he was shot. He was discovered lying on the sidewalk, suffering from gunshot wounds, and was taken to the hospital, where he died shortly after arriving.

According to investigators, the suspects in the shooting are described as two black men. One was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the other was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The case is now being investigated by the NCCPD cold case unit. NCCPD has jurisdiction over the investigation because the shooting happened in a small area that is not part of Newark’s municipal boundaries, despite being surrounded on all sides by the city.

“The victims and families of our unsolved homicides are not forgotten and there are ongoing efforts by the New Castle County Division of Police and the Criminal Investigation Unit, Cold Case Squad, to bring about a resolution to each and every case,” Eckerd said. “In an effort to refresh the community’s recollection and investigate every possible lead we will be posting again the information pertaining to each open case.”

In a video released by police, DiSabatino’s father, Thomas, asked the public for help bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“We know who they are, but there just isn’t enough evidence to give them what they deserve,” he said.

Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information that benefits the investigation or leads to an arrest and conviction.

“There is an anonymous hotline you can call and give a tip. Please call and share any information you have because you can help save the rest of our lives. We can’t save Peter, but you can help save us,” DiSabatino’s sister, Natalie, said.

Anyone with information should contact cold case detective Brian Shahan at or 302-395-2781. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or send an anonymous text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field along with the tip.

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