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Warren Deputies Search for Store Clerk's Killers

Posted May 19, 2007
Updated May 21, 2007

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— Sheriff's investigators searched over the weekend for three men who gunned down a clerk in a Warren County convenience store after they had put on ski masks and entered with a sawed-off shotgun and rifles.

Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams said the men were recorded on surveillance video about 9 p.m. Friday at Papa's Country Store and Grill on U.S. Highway 401 in southern Warren County.

The victim, Randy Terrell, 41, was shot in the side and found dead behind the counter.

Terrell's family asked anyone with information related to the incident to come forward, but authorities had not released a description of the suspects or any pictures from the video.

"We're hoping that anyone that has any info that would help them find who did this tragic thing that they would come forward," said Butch Smith, Terrell's brother-in-law.

"The guy who witnessed it came to my door and knocked," nearby resident Buck Rivers said. "I opened the door and when I did, he literally fell in the house so frightened, and I picked him up, asked him what was wrong and he said, 'Come here.' And I stepped outside, and he said, 'They shot the guy in the store and killed him.'"

Investigators reviewed the video and Williams said there were no suspects, but he was confident they would be apprehended.

"It was just sad to see a man trying to make a living for his family, sad that this had to happen to him," Williams said.

A resident said Terrell, who had three children, had worked at the store about three months and was a "very nice guy."

The owner of the store hung a wreath on the door in memory of Terrell, who had three children.

“(He was a) very nice guy,” Rivers said. “He'd been here for about three months – real friendly, always had a conversation going when you were in there.”

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  • ADN4now May 21, 2007

    Does anyone know if there is a collection being taken for his family? I graduated with Randy, and some of our classmates are wondering.

  • El Conquistador es numero Uno May 21, 2007

    Lethal injection for the 3 robbers will gurantee they will never do this type thing again, sends a message to furure thugs of what the consequences will be.

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 21, 2007

    ERRN...Ubangi has some hang up with "disrespect"; I think that this person just wants to stir things up so in the future I personally will ignore ubangi.

    Still praying for comfort for the family and that the killers are caught soon.

  • shine May 21, 2007

    I have a friend whose father was shot and killed the same way
    They were eventually caught and tried and are serving prison time.
    There has never been closure for my friend's family and the children and their mother have never gotten over it.
    One of the things that run through their minds are how they could take someones life for $96.00 and be allowed to remain where they are.
    Symapthy to the remaining family of this tragedy.

  • prettynpink4x4 May 21, 2007

    Just know that the family needs all of your prayers.

  • NunYaBizz May 21, 2007

    My name is Cossie, and i knew Randy. Not for a long time but I didn knkow that he was the kindest man I have met. I know that his two little girl are hurting and if I could take the pain from them I would, but I can't. Too Jessica I know that we have had our problems but girl me and my family are here for you. I LOVE YOU and if there is ANY thing I can do to help you in any way just let me know and I will do it for you. And to the son and other little girl I am here for yall too.Randy will be MISSED by many people and loved ones. I hope that the police find these 3 guys. I know nothing can replace a father but it will help to know that the killers of this GREAT man are in jail for life.

  • TWIG May 21, 2007

    HOW MANY MORE GOOD DECENT PEOPLE ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO BURY
    BECAUSE OF THUGS LIKE THESE ROBBERS. WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT THEY
    WILL GET LIFE IN PRISON AS USUAL. THEY WON'T HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES ANYMORE. THEY WILL HAVE A FREE BED, 3 MEALS A DAY
    TVS, RADIOS, BOOKS, AND GOD KNOWS WHAT OTHER COMFORT ITEMS.
    THIS MAKES ME SICK.

  • mythoughts22 May 21, 2007

    my thoughts and prayers go out to you. i do not understand what makes people so evil i hope and pray these criminals are brought to justice and i do NOT mean 25 years i mean DEATH

  • thefensk May 21, 2007

    My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this gentleman. There is simply no reasoning behind a crime like this except that some people are just mean.
    Circumstances led me to work behind such a counter for two years some time ago ... you worry about both sides of the law (easy to avoid trouble with the good side: ID everybody) ... but you always get to work and wonder if THIS will be the bad one. I was lucky.
    Crimes like this keep me in favor of the death penalty.

  • lilbittyt13 May 21, 2007

    Times like this always remind me that one thing most people don't realize is .....top 2 most dangerous jobs ...convenience store clerks and cops . I worked at one for 13 yrs and even being careful - I have the scars to prove it . I know what he must have gone through and hope these sorry lowlifes are caught soon and justice served . My thoughts and prayers go out to his family .

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