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Formerly homeless veteran found dead behind new apartment building

Posted July 5

— Friends say a 55-year-old who was found shot to death outside of his apartment on Saturday was a veteran who had recently moved into a place of his own after two decades of homelessness.

Robert Morrison served in the Army but ended up homeless. Finally, after getting some VA benefits earlier this year, he was able to move into his own apartment. He was found shot to death behind the apartment building off Ramsey Street.

David Howard said he discovered Morrison's body.

"I went around and checked his pulse on this throat," Howard said. "Then, I started chest compressions and I couldn't bring him back."

Police put out a flyer with Morrison's photo in an attempt to generate leads.

Person found dead after shooting near Fayetteville apartments

Fred Buie, who lives nearby, said Morrison would stand outside a business on Ramsey Street, holding a promotional sign, and would wave at drivers.

"He danced out there in front of the hair dresser with the sign and stuff...for advertisement," Buie said. "He went to church every Sunday and he went to Miller-Motte College."

Morrison was homeless for 20 years, but had received a lump sum back payment for three years.

Friends said they do not believe robbery was a motive for the murder.

An investigation is ongoing.


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  • Wayne R. Douglas Jul 6, 3:48 p.m.
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    Really dude? Most of us don't have the ability to do this. On the other hand, the US Government has more than enough money. So do the states. You probably believe the government, when they tell you that they are out of money and need to raise taxes, to make ends meet.

  • Chad Abbott Jul 6, 1:15 p.m.
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    Funny how a lot of people are complaining about the homeless situation we have in America, but I don't see anyone opening their homes to any of them. Don't complain unless you are apart of the solution

  • Wayne R. Douglas Jul 6, 10:32 a.m.
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    70% of all homeless in America, are veterans. This should not be allowed. I could go into all of the reasons that there should be no such thing as homelessness in America, but to have our American heroes with very little food and no place to call home, is just embarrassing.