ASHLAND, Ore. — The Major Assault and Death Investigations Unit continues to search for answers in the murder of Ashland resident Frank Damiano, known to most as Tony Della Penna.
Friends and community members have already begun to leave trinkets at the crime scene that was once Tony Della Penna’s home. Many are in the shape of a bear, a nickname given to him for his large stature and lovable, teddy bear-like personality.
Those NewsWatch12 spoke to describe Della Penna as a loving and colorful man with a love of music and theater. They say why anyone would want to do him harm is beyond them. One friend who sang with him in choir at the first congregational church in Ashland says he’ll remember him most for his love of life.
“Drastic, radical, extreme love…and that’s really special,” described close friend Chris Bingham.
Investigators aren’t releasing any information other than the fact that Della Penna’s death has been confirmed a homicide by the medical examiner. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation, says they’ll be holding a press conference when more information is confirmed.