- The Washington Times - Monday, November 29, 2004

BALTIMORE (AP) — It’s been nearly a year since Paul Luna’s son, an ambitious, charismatic federal prosecutor in Baltimore, was found sprawled facedown in a creek in Pennsylvania, stabbed 36 times.

But after a secretive, intense investigation, federal and local officials seem no closer to solving the mystery of Jonathan Luna’s death, leaving friends and family to struggle with grief, anger — and too many lingering, unanswered questions.

“I hope they find the killer of my son,” said Paul Luna, 85. “It’s very hard for us. Jonathan was a nice son, a good boy. Why did this happen? I want to know.”

In the past year, the graphic details have been widely reported. The 38-year-old married father of two young sons had been stabbed repeatedly with what appeared to be a pen knife and drowned in the creek, about 70 miles from Baltimore, his blood-spattered car idling nearby — but not much else is known.

Other than to say the investigation continues, federal and local officials in Baltimore and Pennsylvania haven’t provided details about the case in more than nine months.

For friends, family and colleagues, the apparent lack of progress in the investigation of Mr. Luna’s Dec. 4 death has been frustrating.

“People are trying to move on, but the fact that the investigation hasn’t been concluded makes it hard to have closure,” said Reginald Shuford, Mr. Luna’s roommate at the University of North Carolina School of Law. “I know today what I knew then about his death — which is not very much.”

Some think Mr. Luna’s death was connected to his job, which put him in regular contact with drug dealers, bank robbers and child molesters.

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