Video Released in Murder of Beloved Fruit Stand Owner - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Video Released in Murder of Beloved Fruit Stand Owner



    Philadelphia police release new evidence in the murder of a beloved fruit stand owner. Don Ly was stabbed near his South Philadelphia home last month when he was loading up for a day's work. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports. (Published Monday, May 20, 2013)

    One month after Philly fruit stand owner, Don Ly was stabbed and killed on his way to work, police are sending out a video and image of the man who may be responsible.

    Ly, 68, was a beloved vendor. He ran his fruit stand in the University City area, right next to the Penn campus.

    Ly was murdered as he was loading up to go to work early in the morning on April 18. His truck was parked near his South Philadelphia home in the 400 block of Vollmer Street. He was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen, throat, chest and arms.

    "It's horrible," said neighbor Anthony Dolpies. "That was a person who was undeserving of something like that," he said on the day of the murder.

    Family and Customers Remember Fruit Vendor

    [PHI] Family and Customers Remember Fruit Vendor
    NBC10's Monique Braxton caught up with family members and customers of Don Ly, the murdered man who owned a local fruit stand, and got their reactions of his death.
    (Published Thursday, April 18, 2013)

    His son, Hoanh Ly, says his father moved her years ago from Vietnam and was a quiet, gentle person.

    "He's a very hard-working person. He's a very private individual. Everybody on his block liked him," Hoanh Ly said.

    Ly tried to get back into his home after he was attacked, but "he didn't have a chance," his son said. Ly collapsed and died.

    The video released today shows the suspect in a blue overcoat with Chuck Taylor sneakers on. He has a knit cap on and facial hair or a goatee. The man is 5'8" tall and was last seen walking in the 2700 block of Randolph Street.

    Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 215-686-3334 or 3335. Citizens can also submit tips by phone or text: 215-686-TIPS and anonymously online -- click here for the form.

    There is a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the murderer's arrest and conviction.

    Ly is survived by his wife, who worked with him, four children and one grandchild.