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Family pleads for leads in Clearwater cold case

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

It's been 6 long years yet the family of Leon Dash still doesn't know who murdered him.

Tuesday, two of his sisters joined Clearwater Police in asking for someone to come forward with information.

Six years ago, 50-year-old Dash was working security as a favor for some friends who were putting on a teen dance at the Atrium club in downtown Clearwater.

Hundreds of people had gathered in a parking lot at closing time.

"A disturbance broke out and Mr Dash who was working as security attempted to intervene and break it up," said Clearwater Police Detective Michael Hasty.

"Someone viciously attacked Dash, but out of all the people there were no witnesses who came forward," said Detective Hasty.

Leon Dash's picture is on the cold case banner at the Clearwater Police Dept.

His family has the tragic distinction of having two family members listed.

His mother, Margaret Dash, has been missing for 39 years.

That's one reason why this family needs closure.

"That's yet to be solved, so it's kind of doubling that pain to have this case unsolved for 6 years," said Ladwayna Dash-Gilghrest, the victim's sister.

They realize it's probably too late for their mother's case, but detectives say they have a person of interest in the brother's murder and they need a witness to provide the missing pieces.

"We need to somebody to come forth.  Somebody that is willing to tell what happened. Not just give us names and be willing to stand up because this could happened to anybody," said Elaine Dash-Wade, the victim's sister.

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