Authorities are asking for your help as they shine a new light on a murder that happened in Atlantic City ten years ago this week.

On the night of December 11, 2009, Atlantic City Police responded to a report that a woman had been shot in her home on the 1900 block of North Michigan Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered 61-year-old Joyce McKinnon, a cocktail waitress at Tropicanal, dead in her bed from an apparent gunshot wound.

McKinnon, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, was a mother of four children and grandmother of 12 grandchildren.

Joyce McKinnon - Photo: ACPO

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement,

"...Joyce McKinnon came home after a hard day at work to relax in the comfort of her own home. Moments later, her life was taken away without any regard for those who loved her most. Whoever is responsible for this senseless killing, robbed her children and grandchildren of the love that they so deserve. Somewhere there is a witness or someone who knows why a bullet found its way into Ms. McKinnon’s home that night, two weeks before Christmas. As the County Prosecutor, I am requesting that anyone who has knowledge of the circumstances that caused her death to come forward immediately and give Ms. McKinnon’s family the justice they deserve."

Tyner urges anyone with information about this case to come forward and speak with law enforcement. You can call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office website and submit an anonymous tip.

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