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Apex Educator Funeral Scheduled for Tuesday

Posted August 9, 1998

— Funeral services for a murdered Wake County educator will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Erwin. Monday, hundreds of people packed into the Rush AME Zion Church in Raleigh for a memorial service to say goodbye to Reubin McNeill, an assistant principal at Apex Middle School. A second memorial service was held Monday evening.

Police believe McNeill, who was last seen leaving the Oak Grove A.M.E. Zion church in Harnett County Tuesday night, may have been killed during a robbery. His body was found Thursday afternoon along Hogan Lane, a dirt road near the campus of Meredith College, in Raleigh.

At the memorial service, educators took to the podium to explain how McNeill was a leader in his field.

Cat Kerns, parent of an Apex student, said McNeill was a respected administrator. Student Kyle Guenther also expressed his affection for McNeill.

McNeill's cousin Marty Covington said his cousin had an impact on his life.

Wake County School Superintendent Dr. Jim Surratt described McNeill as a man who truly made a difference in his students lives.

McNeill, 46, had been recently appointed principal of a Wake County ninth-grade school scheduled to open this fall in Apex.

A second memorial service was held Monday night in Harnett County. at Oak Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Erwin. McNeill will be buried Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for Reubin McNeill's killer. Police suspect Nathaniel Fair Jr., whose last known address is at a student complex at N.C. State University.

Raleigh Police Captain Michael Longmire says they are very concerned about finding Fair.

Fair was released from prison in South Carolina in 1993 where he was serving a life term for kidnapping, rape and attempted murder. He was paroled to North Carolina. Investigators say they are making progress in locating him.

Late Friday night, police arrested Brandi Lee Jeter and her boyfriend, Charles Bernard Robinson. Investigators say the couple was caught using McNeill's credit cards at Crabtree Valley Mall. They face their first court appearance today.


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