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U.S. Marshals Service

Eastern District of Louisiana

John MacLellan Murder Case - $5,000 Reward


Photos of John MacLellan

Every month for the past nine years, Dave MacLellan traveled more than 1,500 miles from his home near Boston, MA to New Orleans. He would spend his days traveling across the state visiting law enforcement agencies, parish prisons, state penitentiaries and correctional institutes to talk to everyone who might know something about the death of his son, John MacLellan.

John was 38 when he was killed after leaving a local bar near his home in Lakeview on July 16, 2004. After having drinks with a few friends and walking the short distance home, he was approached by a man demanding money. When he said he didn’t have any money, he was shot. John was able to call 911, but later lapsed into a coma. He remained in a coma for a month, but died shortly after coming out of the coma from infections related to the bullets remaining inside his body.

Dave MacLellan passed away on January 19, 2013 unable to ever realize any justice for the killing of his son. Dave never gave up hope. While he knew finding his son’s killers wouldn’t bring his son back, he knew that it would take a murderer off the street to prevent him from hurting other people and their families.

Crime Stoppers continues to offer a $5,000 reward for the arrest and indictment of John’s killers. The United States Marshals Service, Eastern District of Louisiana will continue to support Dave’s effort to see John’s killers brought to justice. Anyone with any information concerning this homicide should contact the Marshals Service at (504) 589-6079, the New Orleans Police Department Homicide Division or any law enforcement agency with any information that might help realize Dave’s dream of finding his son’s killers. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice