Picnic Planned To Memorialize Murder Victim

Groton — The family of murder victim Anthony E. Hamlin is hosting a picnic Saturday to honor his memory and raise awareness that the investigation of his death is continuing.

The picnic is from noon to 8 p.m. in the front pavilion at Sutton Park, on Route 1 in Groton near the entrance to Grasso Southeastern Technical High School. Friends of Hamlin are invited to attend, and at 2:30 p.m. to send skyward a balloon bearing a personal written message to the late, fun-loving 40-year-old.

The price is $5 for “all you can eat” food and drink, and a children's moonwalk and a disk jockey will be on hand.

“I'd like to keep his memory alive and let people know we do not want this to be forgotten,” said his mother, Darlene Hamlin. “We want to let people know that this family is still very deeply saddened by his loss.”

Hamlin's body was discovered in a field on Shewville Road in Ledyard on Jan. 28. He died from blunt trauma to the head, and his killer or killers had left him face down and naked, according to police. There have been no arrests.

The mother said a family member speaks regularly with detectives from the State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad, who are actively investigating.

“We do want this resolved, but we want it resolved the right way,” she said.

Anthony Hamlin was a father of five from Groton and a member of the Eastern Pequot tribe. He had worked as a laborer and surveyor's assistant and in the tribal office. He was on his way to starting a new life in Virginia when he was murdered. He had accepted a job with a surveying company in the Hampton, Va. area a few days before his death. He had returned temporarily to Connecticut and told a family member he planned to board a southbound train in New London at 11 p.m. on the night before his body was discovered.

Hamlin loved to host parties and cook out, so having a picnic on Fourth of July weekend feels like a good way to celebrate his memory, his mother said. Hamlin's fiancé, Anita Torres, is organizing the picnic and said it could become an annual event. She said keeping Hamlin's memory alive is a priority for her and their two children, Tenia and Nakai.

“The theme is, 'Love never ends,''' she said.

State police would like to speak with people who saw Hamlin in the area of State and Bank streets in New London after 10 p.m. on Jan. 27 or have other information. Call Troop E in Montville at 848-6500 or, if it is Monday through Friday, call the Eastern District headquarters at 886-6603 and ask for Detective Martin Graham.
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