TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– After nearly a year and no arrests, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is once again asking the public to come forward with any information about the murder of Newfield teacher Dejour Gandy.

Gandy was killed Dec. 7, 2019 by a gunshot wound after an apparent home invasion.

“We’re coming up on a year, and we’re hoping that because a little time has passed that maybe people who weren’t comfortable coming forward before will maybe reconsider,” said Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osbourne on Thursday. 

The Sheriff’s Office also took the upcoming anniversary as an opportunity to remind the public of the $2,500 reward for information being offered by the New York State Crime Stoppers.

“It’s been a really tough investigation for us right from the get go due to a lot of people not cooperating and wanting to talk and provide us information,” Osbourne said. “So we’re hoping maybe that will change and people will take advantage of the reward that’s offered.” 

According to previously reported information, there was a witness inside the house at the time of the murder, and another witness said that three black males with face coverings entered the home and confronted the victim with guns drawn, one of which shot at the victim before all three fled the scene.

Anyone with additional information can call the Sheriff’s Office directly at 607-257-1345 or information can be given anonymously through the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 607-266-5420.

Moreover, the NYS Crime Stoppers Hotline can be reached anonymously at 1-866-313-TIPS (8477).

Anna Lamb

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