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2 Unsolved Murders Might Be Linked

Posted July 11, 2007
Updated April 9, 2010

— The slayings of two men in Wake County last year might be connected, according to investigators.

Sam Haj-Hussein, 43, was found shot to death inside the In & Out Food Mart on Creech Road on May 12, 2006. Three weeks later, LeRoy Jernigan, 41, was cleaning the Circus Restaurant on Wake Forest Road when he was shot execution-style.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office is investigating Hussein's death. The Raleigh Police Department is handling Jernigan's case.

Investigators and Jernigan's family said they believe the cases could be linked.

Vehicles belonging to both men were stolen during the slayings, and police recovered the vehicles within a block of each other in west Raleigh.

"We believe that these two are connected and that, if we can find the people that are responsible for either one, that maybe we can get some closure into either one," said Chasity Jernigan, LeRoy Jernigan's sister.

Jernigan's family has prepared a flier with composite pictures of four men who they think might know something about one or both cases.

"You don't want it to be one of these cold case files and it not get solved until 20 years later," Jernigan said.


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  • lastchance Jul 12, 2007

    Garnerboy thank you for that comment this is chasity (leroy's baby sister) it is so kind to here comments like that THANK YOU that is what keeps up going! God Bless

  • GarnerBoy81 Jul 12, 2007

    It is a shame that we live in a time that human life seems to have so little value to some people. My wife and myself know many members of the jernigan family and it is a shame that this family has to suffer another loss at the hands of cowards. I went on a deep sea fishing trip with leRoy and his brother henry several years ago. On that trip I remember LeRoy talking about his love of fishing and family. It is a shame he was killed while working to support his family. The justice system needs to step up and make these criminals pay for what they put the victim's and families thru. God bless the jernigan family and maybe soon the person or person's will be caught.

  • Mmaker52 Jul 12, 2007

    God Bless you and yours Eric

  • ericjer Jul 12, 2007

    What I want to say is that LeRoy Jernigan is my dad and I know what happened will come back on whom ever did this. But it has been a really hard year and there is nothing I can ever do to repay all of the people that have helped and to my family for being there for me.

    Eric Jernigan

  • lastchance Jul 12, 2007

    Yes we have done an interview with NCWANTED and hopefully they will air it soon. I think its a good show but I still think we need a specific show that constantly re-runs all the unsolved murders, Michelle Young, Samuel Haj-Hussein, LeRoy Jernigan, Jennifer Neilson, and any other I may have forgot over the years.

  • Nancy Jul 12, 2007

    rescueapet - I agree, not enough exposure locally to keep unsolved cases in front of the public. One show, once a week is not good enough coverage. I would like to see posters of local "wanted" at our local post offices, or somewhere that the public has a better chance to see them.

  • RescueAPet Jul 12, 2007

    "I think that there should be a specific show that RE-RUNS ALL the cases and keep into the minds of everyone!" by Chasityj25

    THERE IS a specific show that showcase the unsolved and current cases called NC WANTED (go to ncwanted.com). The reason that people don't know is probably because WRAL airs it on Saturday nights @ 10:30. Older folks are in bed and younger folks are out partying. I personally think they should air it at an earlier time and on a weeknight for more coverage. Perhaps that would bring in more tips....?

  • shine Jul 12, 2007

    Last Chance...... I am so sorry for your loss. I don't live in Raleigh or the immediate surrounding area but I do wish you peace to deal with this situation. May God bless you and give you peace as you continually have to deal with this unfortunate situation.

  • LMOA_n_Durham Jul 12, 2007

    Seems like theres a lot of crime hitting the Raleigh area more than ever. Ever wonder why they constantly keep Durham in the headliens?

  • lastchance Jul 12, 2007

    Composite sketches different links....
    Hope this helps out thank you Chasity Jernigan