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Police Release Video of Heist as Victim Is Buried

Posted May 21, 2007

— Friends and family of a murdered Warren County store clerk gathered Monday for his funeral at the same time that sheriff’s deputies were trying to identify and catch three people who a surveillance video showed killing him as he tried to take a sawed-off shot gun away from one of the trio.

Investigators said Randy Terrell was shot and killed Friday night while substituting for a coworker at a convenience store off U.S. Highway 401 in the southern part of the county. He had worked at the store for three months.

The surveillance video from Pa-pa's Country Store shows Randy Terrell working as usual behind the counter. It was just after 9 p.m., investigators said, when three people walked in, one with the shotgun and the other two with rifles.

They demanded money, deputies said.

Within a matter of seconds, they shot Terrell and rummaged through drawers before running out. They are seen on the video unable to figure out how to get he cash register open. They did escape with some money, Sheriff Johnny Williams said, but he did not disclose the amount.

For the past two days, investigators have been trying to identify the suspects. That has been difficult. One is seen in the video to have something like a white scarf wrapped around his or her head. Another has a hockey mask or some other device over his face and the hood or a winter parka over his head.

Warren County deputies are getting help from Franklin County authorities and the State Bureau of Investigation. They said they hoped that releasing the video would prompt someone in the community to come forward with information.

Friends and family remembered Terrell, a father of three. His truck remained parked outside the store while they mourned and buried him.

“I'm extremely angry. I know he's in a better place. I know he's not suffering, I know he didn't suffer. But it doesn't change the fact that they killed him for no reason,” said Terrell’s niece, Dina Davis.

One person witnessed the slaying, a man sitting inside the store. Investigators said he is disabled, however, and may not have fully understood what was happening.

Still, Williams said he was confident that authorities are closing in on the robbers.


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  • Matthew 19_21 May 23, 2007

    I noticed that the murderers who are black only killed the white guy. Why no outcry from the lacrosse lynch mob? Group of 88? Jesse? Al? Jackie Wagstaff? what do you have to say about it? Why is there no public outcry when Blacks slaughter Whites?

  • Jeanna64 May 22, 2007

    In my opinion the one with the white scarf on could possible have dreadlocks, that the kind of scarf normally worn with dreads.

  • 68_polara May 22, 2007

    Just because a clerk has a gun it doesn't mean their will be a shoot out. You're much safer to carrying a concealed hand gun while working the midnight shift than without because you may have to defend your very life with it. So what if they get the money, it can be replaced but ones life can not.

  • blablah May 22, 2007

    I took a look at the video and you do not see the victim getting shot. And I also agree that the person with the white scarf on their head does move in a "girly" type way. I feel certain authorities will catch these thugs.

  • lilbittyt13 May 22, 2007

    The store employees should be allowed to have a firearm especially while working the midnight shift.

    May 22, 2007 7:23 a.m.
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    Arbi ,
    clerks having guns would sometimes be a bad idea , if you are not trained they could get you killed! I worked in a store for 12 years on the "not so nice" side of Raleigh and can tell you that what clerks need is more training on how to be aware of their surroundings and protect themselves . I was given valuable advice by just about every officer on RPD who worked near my store . Wish all clerks got that .

  • shine May 22, 2007

    Unfortunatly this gives a clear image that we don't see on most video monitors. It is a shame for this family. At best it is terrible.

  • 68_polara May 22, 2007

    I agree xxx. I just don't think this belongs on tv. Showing the suspects is necessary, so that somehow someone might recognize these guys, but the other stuff isn't.

  • heaven on my mind May 22, 2007

    My prayers goes out to the Terrell family. Its a sad thing to lose a love one. It is even sader to lose one this way. My prayers also go out the the family that thier love one did such a crime as takeing someone eles life for money.

  • ncguy May 22, 2007

    They will get caught- one will rat out the other when they get busted for something else.
    Did anyone else notice the 1 with the shotgun? The perp acted and moved like a women.

  • Arbi May 22, 2007

    The store employees should be allowed to have a firearm especially while working the midnight shift.