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September 21, 2010 Published in 2010 In Review, Courts & Crime

Del Brocco Murder Investigation Comes To Alexandria

Staff Report

Sam Del Brocco. (Courtesy photo)

Investigators from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office came to Alexandria yesterday to interview friends and associates of slain businessman Sam Del Brocco. Though Del Brocco, 60, was murdered in his Pompano Beach, Florida, home more than a week ago, friends and family have been unable to schedule his funeral because Florida authorities have not released his body.

Veda Coleman-Wright, a spokesperson for the Broward County sheriff’s office confirmed that investigators traveled to Alexandria but would not provide any details about the investigation. “We are not releasing any other details at this time,” Coleman-Wright said.

Del Brocco, the co-founder, president and CEO of Alexandria-based PCI Communications, traveled to his home in South Florida several times a month. On Sunday, September 12, Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to 1770 Bay Drive in Pompano Beach to conduct a welfare check on Del Brocco. A woman called them because none of his friends had head from him since early the previous evening, according to a release from the Broward County sheriff’s office. They found Del Brocco dead in his home and an autopsy revealed that he had been murdered.

PCI Communications released the following statement:

“The PCI family is shocked and saddened by the loss of co-founder, President and CEO Sam Del Brocco. We wish to thank the hundreds of clients and friends who have called or written to express their sympathy and support. Your words and thoughts have been of great comfort to us through a very difficult time.

“Sam built PCI into a great company filled with talented and committed people. While his death represents a huge loss, we know that he would want us to carry on: to expand the company, to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients and to deliver product that is more creative and outstanding than ever. That is exactly what we will do,” said Acting President and CEO, Robert Sprague, Del Brocco’s longtime business partner.

Del Brocco lived on Windsor Avenue in Alexandria for many years. A few months ago, he bought a home in the Fort Hunt neighborhood of Fairfax County and moved there. Del Brocco began his career as a school psychologist, developing crisis management and training programs for school administrators and teachers during the tumultuous years of public school desegregation in Maryland.

After several years as a crisis psychologist he traveled as a singer/entertainer. He recorded three record albums (none were hit records); made dozens of national television appearances, and performed live with his eight-piece band in hotels and resorts from Miami’s Fontainebleau to Caesar’s in Atlantic City. He co-founded PCI Communications in 1986 with his then-musical director/keyboard player Bob Sprague.