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Police swamped with tips after Farmville shooting reward increased

Posted April 3, 2012

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— The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has been inundated with tips concerning a Farmville convenience store shooting that left three dead, authorities said Tuesday.

Christy Wallace, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, the victims' family added a $5,000 reward to the original Crime Stoppers reward of $5,000, and the phones have been ringing on the sheriff's tip line.

"We have had lots of people call in saying 'We recognize this article of clothing' or 'We recognize the possibility of this frame of this person,'" she said.

Investigators have been conducting interviews to find potential witnesses, including the classmates of one of the victims, and set up checkpoints on Monday night to gather information.

Three armed men entered the Hustle Mart in Farmville on Sunday night and shot Mokbel Mohamed "Sam" Almujanhi, 16, the owner's son, as he mopped the floor. The men also shot the owner's nephew, Nabil Nasser Saeed Al'mogannahi, 26, and cousin, Gaber Alawi, 24, during an armed robbery.

Tony Muhssen, a cousin of the victims, spoke out on Tuesday about the shooting.

"A father lost his only son. (Sam was) a great person. Everybody loved him," Muhssen said. "This didn't have to happen."

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The three victims are from Yemen, and customers said they were hardworking and kind people. Almujanhi was a 10th grader at Farmville Central High School. Classmates put a tribute to him on the store window.

Hundreds of mourners attended a candlelight vigil Monday night. Pastor Mickey Fields, who during the week was Almujahni's bus driver, shared scripture readings with the gatherers.

"My heart is saddened – I'm pretty sure, like everybody else – and distraught that something like this would happen," he said. "I pray that justice will be served for such a wonderful person."

The shootings have shocked the small community. Preston Hartley, a customer at the convenience store, said he doesn't understand how something like this could happen.

"We are all scared," Hartley said. "This has hurt the whole town."

"(This was) very tragic, very disturbing (and) 100 percent unnecessary the way these guys were shot and killed," Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks said. "I have never seen anything quite as tragic and heinous as this crime has been."

Anyone who can help identify the robbers or provide other information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777 or text "PITTGV" and the tip to 274637.

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  • driverkid3 Apr 4, 2012

    fishon, I was wondering the same thing. Thesee people, IF they know something should have come forward out of basic goodness, instead of telling when the money was better. That is just sick and smacks of greed.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Apr 4, 2012

    Did the black panthers offer the reward?

  • loprestw Apr 4, 2012

    Its not a hate crime if your black, everyone knows that. It's just another of many scenarios that happen throughout the country every single day. Shows how a culture can not adapt to a civilized way of life.

  • cwbauer55 Apr 4, 2012

    EVERYTHING ON TAPE NO TRIAL NEEDED.I GUESS WE WILL FEED THEM FOR YEARS AND LET THEM READ LIFT WEIGHTS WATCH TV AND SUE THE STATE FOR BEING TREATED BADLY.FIND THEM READ THEM THIER RIGHTS SHOW THEM THE TAPE THEN PUT THEM TO DEATH. NEXT.

  • Rico Apr 4, 2012

    To the killers: Justice seeks you out! You will never feel safe again for the rest of your lives. Right now everyone is looking for you...they are coming for your heads..

  • maggieknowlya Apr 4, 2012

    "I wonder if it was more of a hate crime." Shine-ON
    I've got to say I think that's accurate Shine On. After I watched the video that exact thought came to my mind. The shootings were so deliberate and repeated and just not necessary for "just" a robbery.

  • Weetie Apr 4, 2012

    Sorry for the families affected by this tragedy. Hope the killers are soon brought to justice.

  • nonPC Apr 4, 2012

    Sit tight folks....these losers will get caught, as they were not so smart in that they left fingerprints and shoe prints at the scene of this horrific crime. Just be patient, let the police do their work, and justice will be served indeed. I pray these families will find peace in the coming weeks. I agree that money should not be a motivator for people to come forward to get this scum off the streets.
    sumontgo

    While I agree they will be caught and prosecuted I highly doubt that justice will be served for the families

  • Jimmytwotimes Apr 4, 2012

    Hope you boys are paranoid and nervous cause the laws coming for you. You will spend the rest of your life in prison and hopefully be sentenced to death. You will not get away. Hope it was worth the street cred and few bucks you got.

  • donkeypendergraph Apr 4, 2012

    My thoughts and prayers goin out to this beautiful family just trying to make a life in this great country!

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