Tuesday Marks 14th Anniversary of Gorenberg Murder

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

Tuesday marks the 14th anniversary of the abduction and killing of Randi Gorenberg, whose disappearance from Boca Town Center mall and ensuing murder continues to baffle investigators. 

A Brooklyn-born mother of two, Gorenberg was abducted and slain on March 23, 2007 after an afternoon of shopping at Town Center. Last seen on surveillance footage exiting the sprawling property, Gorenberg wasn’t spotted in public again until more than half an hour later, when shocked witnesses watched her being fatally shot and tossed from the passenger side of her new Mercedes SUV.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office detectives collected numerous DNA samples for testing in the Gorenberg case, hoping to match them with the unknown person’s DNA found in Randi’s SUV after her murder. But no known match has ever been publicly announced.

Among those who’s genetic material was tested but did not match the sample from the SUV are at least eight friends and associates of Gorenberg’s son, Daniel, all of them named in court documents. Each submitted to DNA tests in the months after Randi’s killing, according to the records, which were turned over by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as part of a lawsuit husband Stewart Gorenberg filed against Town Center.

Randi’s husband, Stewart Gorenberg, was never eliminated as a suspect in the case, detectives testified at the time.

Daniel was also closely scrutinized by detectives for potential links to his mother’s killing.

Her murder happened nine months before the killings of Nancy and Joey Bochicchio in the same parking lot at Town Center. The Bronx-born and bred mother, 47, and her 7-year-daughter were shot in their heads at point blank range December 12, 2007 after going Christmas shopping at the mall.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.