NC Wanted

NC Wanted: Questions remain 30 years later in death of Raleigh musician

Posted May 14, 2016

— A popular guitarist was killed 30 years ago after an armed robbery turned deadly in Raleigh.

Jerry Davis was shot to death on Feb. 26, 1979 after he walked into a convenience store that was being robbed by two men at the Tower Shopping Center.

“They walked up behind Jerry and said, “Hey man, don’t’ turn around,’” said Joyce Hawley, one of Davis’ closest friends and musical partner. “And [they] killed him.”

Hawley said her life changed forever after the tragic incident.

“We were so adapted to each other that I could be singing and look at him and he knew which song I wanted to go to next,” Hawley said. “I know that sounds preposterous but it’s true.”

No arrests were ever made in the shooting, and an artist’s rendering didn’t produce the results friends and family were hoping for.

“They have never caught these two men who took a life for nothing,” Hawley said. “I would want them to know what they took away”

Hawley now only has pictures and music to remember Davis.

“It’s as fresh when I look at these things as it was then,” she said.

Anyone with information about the unsolved murder of Davis is asked to call the NC Wanted hotline at 1-866-439-2683.


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