By Carolyn Berardino
On the stormy Saturday evening of March 8, 2008, 55-year-old Gary Redner was hanging out at Ganly’s Pub and Restaurant, just 1/4 mile from his home in Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, according to WFMZ-TV 69. Gary was the executive vice president of his family’s business, Redner’s Warehouse Markets, a popular chain of grocery and convenience stores found in multiple states.
When he left the bar alone, it was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found lying in a neighbor’s driveway. He had been brutally beaten and died of blunt force trauma to the head. His fingerprints were found on the neighbor’s garage door, and his own house was locked.
His death was a shock to the community. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Gary was well-liked by his staff of about 4,000 employees. His father Earl founded the company in 1970, and his brother served as its president. Gary was a divorced father of two adult children, and his son also worked for the company.
Earl Redner told the Associated Press that he had spoken to his son earlier that Saturday, the Reading Eagle reported, and he had voiced no concerns. Earl told the AP, “‘My son was extremely popular…If he had an enemy, I don’t know who he was. He was probably the most popular person in the company, and that includes me.'”
Gary learned to play the drums at the age of 10 and played backup for Bruce Springsteen, according to his obituary. After a break, he began playing around the Philadelphia area during the last couple years of his life. He loved to grill, and he loved his dog, Tucker.
Police believe he put up a fight before he was killed, and his killer may have had unexplained wounds or bloody clothing. If you have any information on this unsolved murder, please call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.