Anyone walking through the ‘Taste of the Island’ Wilton Manors street festival last Friday probably got to taste test the locally renowned clam chowder from Kelly's Landing restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.
As far as BSO is concerned though, it was probably the venue where homicide victim Samuel Del Brocco was seen alive. The Alexandria, Virginia communications company executive, who maintained a private second residence at Bay Drive in Pompano Beach, was found murdered there on September 13.
Authorities have released a flier offering a $1,000 reward, hoping it will jar the memory of someone who may have seen Del Brocco before his mysterious death. The night bartender at Kelly’s Landing only recalls that he had dinner alone that evening, and left quietly.
The 60-year-old businessman was president and CEO of PCI Communications, communications and strategy firm, who began his professional career as a school psychologist, developing crisis management and training programs for school administrators and teachers during the tumultuous years of public school desegregation in Maryland. He then fulfilled a dream by traveling for thirteen years as a singer/entertainer, recording three albums, appearing on dozens of television programs, and appearing live with his eight-piece band at hotels and resorts from the Caribbean to the Philippines.
One neighbor, Brian Davis, recalled Del Brocco as a “well-liked person” who was always polite, a man “who would bring cookies at Christmas and always had a kind word.” Other neighbors say Del Brocco had recently lost close to 100 pounds and had just purchased a new home in Mount Vernon, which he was looking forward to renovating.
Investigators have elicited some information suggesting that Del Brocco may have quietly frequented gay venues during his trips to South Florida. They are looking to the LGBT community to see if anyone recognizes him, or if further light can be shed into their investigation.
“It may have been a random act, or something more than that,” says BSO homicide investigator Tim Duggan. “If you have a lead, we want to know.” His phone number is 954-321-4210.