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Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:30 am | Updated: 8:45 am, Sun Jun 1, 2014.

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks police are spotlighting a 20-year-old unsolved murder with hopes of finding new information about the crime.

David “Barry” McNulty was killed on May 30, 1994, at the end of his shift as a clerk at Garden Island Party Store. Police responded after a “panic alarm” was sounded at 11:07 p.m., and arrived within a minute to find McNulty dead from a gunshot wound.

At the request of the family, police are asking the public for information, two decades after the murder took place. Existing leads have been pursued but haven’t resulted in a breakthrough.

McNulty had been contacted by a family member at the store at about 10:50 p.m. on the night of the murder, according to Fairbanks police, and was due to be picked up after the store closed at 11 p.m. When the family member arrived, there were several police cars in the parking lot in response to the alarm and homicide. 

Based on the crime scene at the Illinois Street store, it appeared that a robbery had taken place.

Fairbanks Police Detective Scott Adams said the McNulty case stands out, in part, because McNulty was an unlikely victim. He worked two jobs to support his family, which included five children.

“He was an average Joe — he wasn’t someone who’d been out causing problems,” Adams said. “He was just an average working guy.”

At the time of his death, McNulty had children ages 14 to 22, including a daughter who had graduated from high school just three days earlier. Police said the family has seen three weddings, the birth of four grandchildren and multiple graduations since the murder.

McNulty’s widow, Leilani, said she’s still hopeful that the murder will be solved. Her long experience with the open case has given her sympathy for those seeking justice for dozens of other unsolved murders in the Fairbanks area.

“When I think about my husband’s name, I want it to be in there with the other cold cases,” she said. “We’re not the only family suffering with this.”

Any member of the public with information — even if they believe police already have it — is asked to call Adams at 450-6552.

Contact staff writer Jeff Richardson at 459-7518. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMbusiness.

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