Teenaged Honor Student Killed in Home Invasion

By Aaron Gilchrist
|  Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 11:10 PM EDT
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Shock and sadness after a 17-year-old was murdered in her own bedroom in Prince George's County.  Amber Stanley was an honor student.  She had dreams of  becoming a doctor.  But that dream came to a violent end last night. Pat Collins has the latest on the investigation.

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Shock and sadness after a 17-year-old was murdered in her own bedroom in Prince George's County. Amber Stanley was an honor student. She had dreams of becoming a doctor. But that dream came to a violent end last night. Pat Collins has the latest on the investigation.

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Authorities said 17-year-old Amber Stanley was shot and killed in her own bed Wednesday night.

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A 17-year-old honor student is dead after an apparent home invasion in Kettering, Md.

Prince George’s County police responded to a report of gunshots at a home in the 100 block of Chartsey Street just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Once in the home, they found the body of Amber Stanley, who was shot and killed in her bed.

Neighbors remembered her as a quiet, dedicated student who had hoped to attend Harvard University. Stanley had just started her senior year at C.H. Flowers High School in Springdale, Md., where she was a member of the school's science and technology program.

"She was a very affable young lady," said Principal Gorman Brown. "Students loved her; teachers loved her. She was very active in our school community."

Brown thought Stanley could have gone to any school she'd wanted and likely would have earned a scholarship.

"This young girl had a bright future ahead of her with dreams to pursue and goals to reach," read a statement from Prince George's County Public Schools.

Stanley's 37-year-old sister and her small daughter, as well as a 17-year-old foster sister, were at home when the shooting happened.

News4’s Tracee Wilkins reports the young woman’s body was removed from the house about 6 a.m. Thursday, as officers combed the yard around the house for evidence. Stanley's mother arrived and watched in shock as her daughter's body was removed.

Police said a man entered the home, shot Stanley in her bedroom, and left the house without injuring anyone else.

They’re asking anyone who saw anything to come forward. They have not released the identity of the victim.

Police were also at the house about two weeks ago. Neighbors said Stanley's foster sister, who's been living in the house for about six months, had reported that someone had tried to rape her.

Anyone with information should call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.

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