Marconi family releases statement

SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi shot, killed Sunday

SAN ANTONIO – The family of slain San Antonio police Detective Benjamin Marconi on Monday released the following statement:

"At this time, the Marconi family would like to give thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support, prayers and love we have received. At this time, we would appreciate privacy to mourn the loss of a wonderful father, brother, grandfather, friend and last but not least, a peace officer. Thank you to the San Antonio community and nation as a whole for your support."

In lieu of flowers, the Marconi family asks that all donations be made to Detective Marconi's Memorial Fund or any of the organizations listed below:

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center

Lifesharing Community Organ and Tissue Donation

Battered Women's & Children Shelter of San Antonio

Haven for Hope 

The 100 Club of San Antonio

Or any non-profit organization the donator chooses.

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Marconi on late Sunday morning was writing a ticket in his police cruiser near police headquarters when a man came up to him and shot him twice, police Chief William McManus said. Marconi was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he died.

A man who was first considered a person of interest is now suspected in the shooting death of Marconi, McManus said Monday at a news conference.

He said there are various reasons why the man is suspected, but he wouldn't elaborate further.

He said the man showed up at police headquarters four hours before shooting Marconi.

Police on Monday released two surveillance videos that show the man at the building.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP (7867) or 911.

Tips can also be posted on the Crime Stoppers website.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the man.


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