Cold Case: Iraq veteran death's goes unsolved

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Marc Jonathan Ficarra survived three tours of duty in Iraq, but he died on the streets of D.C.

The killing took place about 3 a.m. Jan. 21, 2006, a Saturday morning in Adams Morgan. The 34-year-old sergeant in the Air Force was with a group of friends and was headed back to a parking garage on the 2300 block of 18th Street. Three men approached, one began to grope a woman in Ficarra's group, and he turned to defend her. A blow to the face and the impact of the fall are believed to have caused Ficarra's death.

Police are still searching for a conviction in the seven-year-old case. Ficarra's death is one of about 4,000 cold-case homicides in the city.

D.C. police said the group of men was spotted outside a pizza-by-the-slice place before the incident. In a case like this, investigators hope that one of the people in the group will have a change of heart and come forward with information about the person who threw the punch.

All three people of interest were described as black men, two believed to be in their 20s and the other in his 20s or 30s. The older culprit was further described as medium-complected and wearing a blue hooded shirt with a blue jacket and jeans. He was also about 5-foot-8 with a slim build.

Ficarra, who spent 16 years in the Air Force, was described by his family as a happy-go-lucky guy who put his friends and family first and was admired by those who worked under him in the service. At the time of his death, he was scheduled to redeploy to the Middle East on his fourth tour. Ficarra, of Hyattsville, was survived by three children.

A $25,000 reward is being offered to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in Ficarra's death.

People with information can contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or email unsolved.murder@dc.gov.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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Scott McCabe

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