Amber Stanley (@ShalisaThompson via Twitter)
BRENTWOOD, Md. (WUSA) -- It's been six months since a Flowers High School student was gunned down in her own bed in her Kettering home.
WUSA9 Reporter Surae Chinn was the only reporter invited as her family dedicated a bench at her grave-site in her honor, on what was suppose to be Amber Stanley's 18 birthday.
It was a heartbreaking visit for Amber's dad, Anthony Stanley. There were many tears for a young woman lost. But there is also anger because they don't know who killed her or why she was taken from them.
The 17-year-old honor roll student was killed when a gunman kicked in the door to her bedroom and shot her several times. But police have not caught the person who snatched her life away. It was a small gathering at Fort Lincoln Cemetery for huge empty hearts.
The grief almost too much to bear for Amber's father, as if she was taken just yesterday.
The group could hardly get out 'Happy Birthday Amber' before Anthony Stanley broke down. "It hurts me that she died and how she died. And she's not here. "
Amber had been looking forward to moving in with her dad as soon as she turned 18. That's why this day is especially difficult. Amber modeled and dreamed of attending Harvard to become a doctor. Dad had to pay for her daughter's large dreams somehow.
"I purchased my home because of my daughter. I'm still working because of my daughter. I have a picture of her in my dining area. I say 'good morning baby' every day and look at her. It's really hard. It's hard."
Police say the case is active and that they want people to call in for information no matter how insignificant the information may seem. There is a 25-thousand dollar reward for any information leading to Amber's killer.
You can remain anonymous.