* Update – Suspect Arrested * Delaware State Police Investigating a Homicide in Laurel

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The Delaware State Police have arrested 19-year-old Azzure Horsey of Laurel, Delaware, for murder following a homicide that occurred in September of 2023.

On September 10, 2023, at approximately 9:35 p.m., the Laurel Police Department responded to a reported shooting on West Sixth Street within the town limits of Laurel. When officers arrived on the scene, they located 26-year-old Taylor German, seated inside a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim, a 41-year-old man from Millsboro, had also been shot. He was transported to a nearby hospital for life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

Through investigative means, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit identified Azzure Horsey as the suspect, and he was indicted by a Sussex County Grand Jury on February 13, 2024. On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, detectives took Horsey into custody without incident, and he was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following crimes:

  • Murder First Degree (Felony)
  • Attempted Murder (Felony) – 2 counts
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony) – 5 counts
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony) – 2 counts
  • Conspiracy First Degree (Felony)
  • Assault Second Degree (Felony)
  • Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony)

Horsey was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $3,260,000 cash bond.


The Homicide Unit is actively investigating this incident. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective A. Bluto by calling 302-741-2859 or by emailing [email protected]. Information may also be provided by sending a private Facebook message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit / Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at [email protected].

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