Veteran who survived Afghanistan attack killed in Sanford shooting

Orlando SentinelApril 21, 2013 

SANFORD -- A soldier who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Afghanistan was shot to death late Friday in Sanford following an argument at a relative's house, according to a family member.

Keran Stanislaus, 24, of Sanford, was found lying in the driveway of his wife's grandmother's home on Placid Woods Court off West Airport Boulevard. He had been shot in the face, chest and legs, according to his aunt, Johnette Martin.

He was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital and then Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to police Investigator Ronny Neal. The case was under investigation, but police offered little information.

"We're looking for multiple people that may be involved in the shooting," Neal said. Martin said there had been an altercation just before the shooting, but she had no details.

One of Stanislaus' in-laws was taken to police headquarters for questioning shortly after the shooting but was released, and police made no arrests.

A brother-in-law told officers that he and Stanislaus had been at a party but left it separately, a report said. The brother-in-law said when he arrived at the scene of the shooting, Stanislaus already had been wounded and was on the ground, the report said.

Stanislaus was discharged from the U.S. Army a few years ago after serving in Afghanistan, where he was wounded, Martin said. He returned to active duty but later was honorably discharged and had been back in Sanford about two years, Martin said.

He was a father of four: an 8-year-old boy, 4-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy and 9-month-old girl.

He had recently launched a boxing and martial-arts group for children in DeLand, Martin said, that he called "Put Up Your Hands, Put Down the Guns."

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