For the loved ones of William Alvarado, the man killed a year ago in the John J. Ashton Tower apartment building in Willimantic, the nightmare of that night hasnâ€™t ended.
Thatâ€™s because the individual or individuals responsible for the brutal slashing and stabbing that claimed the 73-year-old Alvaradoâ€™s life have not been brought to justice â€” not, even, arrested.
As is common, state police are not commenting on the investigation into the Sept. 7, 2016, homicide other than to say it is ongoing.
For the family and friends of Alvarado, however, that is not enough.
Those sentiments were expressed at two separate vigils earlier this month, one Sept. 7 for the apartment buildingâ€™s tenant group and the other Sept. 9 featuring friends and family.
Their reactions are justifiable.
When somebody you care about is murdered, justice is all that matters and the resolution of the case â€” as quickly as possible â€” is the desired effect.
While police have indicated the public is not in danger in connection to what happened one year ago, it is hard to feel comforted if you live in the building and no arrest has been made.
Since then, many residents of the apartment building have admitted that life is slowly coming back to normal.
But, knowing that a man was brutally killed at the hands of someone else, can normalcy ever really return?
Residents so far have expressed bewilderment that an arrest hasnâ€™t been made after a year.
While their fear is understandable, it shows real police work doesnâ€™t fit into the confines of a one-hour crime show.
There is a lot of work to do.
Letâ€™s hope, however, that this case is solved soon and folks living at Ashton Tower can sleep well in their apartments knowing a killer has been caught.
Letâ€™s hope for closure.