A war veteran who was injured in Afghanistan is the victim of murder.
Sanford police are trying to determine the circumstances leading to the killing of 24-year-old Keran Stanislaus, as relatives mourn his death. According to investigators, Stanislaus was shot several times in his home off Placid Woods Court around 11 p.m. Wednesday evening.
"I hope justice prevails," said Johnette Martin, the victim's aunt. "I was devastated. In disbelief."
Martin said her nephew was trying to make a difference here at home after serving in the Army abroad.
"He had a Purple Heart discharge. He was over in Afghanistan and came under fire and their truck was attacked," she said. "He was injured and he came home."
Once home, Martin said his love for children inspired him to reach out to others, mentoring young boys through a program that he started four months ago.
"The name of it is 'Put Your Guns Down and Your Hands Up' because of all the violence that's been going on in Sanford."
The family can't understand why someone who spoke out against violence would become a victim of it.
"He's great, outgoing, ambitious, trustworthy," Martin said of the husband and father of four kids. "Very helpful in the community."
Investigators said Keran was taken to the hospital, but he later died. Relatives plan to set up a trust fund to continue his mentoring program.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sanford Police Department at 407-688-5070, or Crimeline at 1-800 423-TIPS (8477).