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Barber's slaying unsolved after five years

Posted November 19, 2010

— A family marked a solemn annual ritual Friday outside The Line-Up Barbershop, at 6376 Yadkin Road in Fayetteville.

It marks the fourth time Vernice and Linda Johnson have spent Nov. 19 outside the shop, passing out fliers and asking for clues to the murder of their nephew.

Creg Johnson, 35, was shot to death inside the shop on Nov. 19, 2005, and his body was found the following morning. His keys were still in the barbershop door. 

Police have no suspects in the case, and they haven't determined a motive for the shooting.

"We're gonna keep doing this as long as we have to," said Vernice Johnson.

Barber's murder unsolved after five years Family undaunted in search for barber's killer

"I think it's our responsibility to make sure it does not go unresolved, so not only can we get closure, but the community itself can get closure," he said.

Fayetteville police are still very much on the case, spokesman Dan Grubb said.

"We don't like to call them cold cases. We sort of look at them as unresolved cases," he said.

Johnson's family, Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crime Stoppers and the state have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information about Johnson's slaying is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477 or toll-free at 866-542-8477 or call Detective Chuck Dew of the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1879.


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  • Iworkforaliving Nov 19, 2010

    hope they find the animal that did this soon, he/she has had too much freedom already.

  • RevD Nov 19, 2010

    Rest assured family and people of good will: whoever did this cowardly act and sits back smugly and thinks they got away with it, they can get by for a while, but they won't get away. The perps will be found by diligent, dedicated law enforcement personnel and they will be brought to justice. The wheels of justice grind slowly sometimes, but they grind sure. Those of us who believe in the power of prayer, let's pray that God pulls the covers off of the killer, that they make a mistake and brag about it or some clue or tip comes forth.

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  • Just the facts mam Nov 19, 2010

    Thanks to WRAL for their publishing this 5 year old sad crime store - hopefully the criminal will one day be caught.

  • emtp2k Nov 19, 2010

    It's sad that this has gone unsolved for 5 years. I pray someone somewhere knows something that will help the police put the responsible party behind bars.