Surveillance Video Released From Meat Market Murder

By Anthony Ponce
|  Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 10:12 PM CDT
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Police hope surveillance footage helps catch killers. Anthony Ponce reports.

Police hope surveillance footage helps catch killers. Anthony Ponce reports.

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Man Found Shot to Death in Meat Cooler

An employee of a Merrillville meat market was shot to death early Monday morning, possibly by a burglar.
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Police released security footage Monday they hope will provide some clues into the death of an employee at an Indiana meat market last year.

Andrew Fugate, 25, of Hobart, Ind., was found shot to death in a cooler at Piatak Meats on Nov. 4.

There was no video surveillance cameras at the business, but police have pieced together footage from several businesses in the area.

The surveillance cameras picked up images of vehicle police describe as a white or light-colored General Motors SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon or Cadillac Escalade, produced in the late 1990s or early 2000s. The cameras did not produce clear of the suspects, but police say two men were seen getting in and out of the vehicle.

A 10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution of those involved was also announced Monday.

Police say Fugate arrived at the store for his shift at around 4 a.m. that day. A store manager found his body three hours later.

"This was a terrible crime against an innocent -- I'll call him a boy, because he's half my age -- who was there working an early shift, minding his own business," Merrillville Police Det. Robert Wiley said.

Fugate's parents and other family members attended Monday's press conference. His maternal grandmother, Diane Cash, said she "can't think of anyone who'd have anything against him."

"We don't want revenge. We don't want to be avengers. We just want to know why? We just want our questions answered, why?" Cash said.

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