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Cumberland authorities search for clues in 2014 murder case

Posted March 24, 2016

— Cumberland County authorities said Thursday night they have hit a wall in working to solve a 2-year-old murder case.

On March 25, 2014, 27-year-old Dwayne Larry Sawyer, of Colliers Chapel Church Road, was inside a home on Durant Nixon Road, in Linden, when he was shot at about 11 p.m.

According to investigators, the person responsible for the shooting opened fire through the front door of the home.

Gwen Snelling, Sawyer's mother, says for the last two years she has been carrying a heavy load of grief.

"As I got prepared to come out here today, the tears started rolling down my eyes because it's like why. Why don't I know why this happened?" she said.

On Thursday, two years after her son's death, Snelling walked with deputies near where the shooting took place. Their goal was to find someone with information that might lead to an arrest, but deputies say the investigation has been an uphill battle for a number of reasons.

"It was a late night shooting," said Sean Swain, a Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokesman. "They did not see the person doing the shooting because they shot into the house, so we have no real witnesses who saw anything."

Investigators told WRAL News they have a suspect in mind, but they are not ready to release a name because they need more evidence in the case.

Snelling said an arrest will bring her a sense of peace.

"I'll tell you one thing, it won't bring back my son, but it will give me peace," she said.

Dominique Wiley, 22, and Darius Elliot, 33, were wounded in the shooting. Both have since been treated and released from a local hospital.

Anyone with more information about the shooting is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.


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