NORTH PORT, Fla. -- A WINK News exclusive. For the first time, we're hearing from the widow of a North Port man murdered at his front door. Kenneth Ellis, who taught in Manatee County, was gunned down on March 29 at his home. North Port Police said they have more than 110 leads but no arrests.
Kenneth's widow said her life is a mess. Between dealing with her husband's death and knowing she hasn't been cleared in his murder, Ella Ellis told WINK News in an exclusive interview, that she is taking things one day at a time.
March 29, Ella's husband, Kenneth, was gunned down by two masked men at the front door of their North Port home.
"I'm still not cleared from this investigation. It kills me. My heart is absolutely bleeding because I don't have anything to do with this," said Ellis.
Even though she took a polygraph test, officers have told Ellis she isn't off the hook.
"I agreed to go for the polygraph test. I passed the polygraph test," said Ellis.
Now Ellis is left picking up the pieces of a shattered life.
"Its ripped apart. I lost my husband. Ken is not anymore in my life. This is what matters. But I have to live with this. Somehow find the strength to live with this.
She said she's kept the lines of communication open with officers, with her own suspicions of what happened the night her husband was killed.
"I have a feeling that this is a gang related issue," said Ellis.
Ellis said she and her husband enjoyed many peaceful evenings inside their home, focusing on the simple things in life. They planned to retire here. Now a for sale sign sits in the front yard.
"This house without Ken and after all that has happened here, it doesn't really make any sense for me anymore," said Ellis.
She said a house without her husband, makes her realize the important things in life.
"We need to think about how precious life is. How easy we can turn upside down, people's lives," said Ellis.
North Port Police Captain Robert Estrada said they have more than 110 leads, but still nothing new in the case. Ella said she hopes and prays a break in the case will come soon.
"We need the closure. We need justice. We need to bring the people who did this to such a wonderful person, to justice," said Ellis.
If you have any information in this case, call the North Port Police Department at 941-429-7300. If you'd like to contribute to a reward fund that has been set up for the Ellis case, visit www.msfta.org/msfta/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=280416