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Friends plan vigil for man killed in Fayetteville parking lot

Posted January 30, 2011

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— A Fayetteville man who was shot and killed in his car parked at a strip mall Saturday night was always there for others, his friends said Sunday.

They are planning a vigil for Michael Staggs, 22, on Tuesday night.

Austin Campbell works at the Japan Express restaurant near the crime scene. He said he didn't hear gunshots, but saw the police response shortly after 8 p.m. He said pieces of glass covered the pavement on the driver's side of Staggs' car.

"You get a shooting 50 yards, 100 yards from your storefront, I mean ... it scares you," Campbell said.

Staggs' car was riddled with bullet holes. He had been shot in the head.

Police are looking for a white man driving a burgundy Ford F-150 pick-up truck.

Campbell said he's still shaken by the murder.

"Just thank God it didn't happen inside wherever it is you work and unfortunately it did have to happen to somebody and their family," he said.


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  • wavesofmercy7 Feb 1, 2011

    condolences to the family, girlfriend and friends. I hope that the vigil is peaceful, or as serene as it can be.

  • oleguy Jan 31, 2011

    Umop is correct Peace sign palm out rabbit ears up. But you would have to lived it to understand....

  • chaosdramatist Jan 31, 2011

    Excuse me, but I happen to be one of his best frends. That is NOT a gang sign.
    Mike was a great man. Always there for everyone who needed him. He wasn't involved in any gangs or anything of that nature. It is definitely his peace sign. He never raised his hand for it. It's just the way he was. Mike's always known for his kindness and big heart. He's the kindest man I know. He may look intimidating at first, but all he was is a teddy bear. Never hurt anyone or did anything to disgrace himself at all.

    To those on here who are actually honoring Mike, I thank you. It means a lot to his friends and family.

    But to those that are being disrespectful, please shut your mouths. You don't know the guy. And now you will never have that wonderful opportunity either.

    Mike. I am really going to miss you. My prayers go out to your family, girlfriend and other friends. We're always here for eachother for support. Just like when you were always here for us. You are still with us. I love you Red.

  • kejones7685 Jan 31, 2011

    @iworkandpaytaxes, thanks for the insight! But, I could care less about gang symbols or anything of that nature. And GOLO gangsta? Thats really lame.. The main topic is this unfortunate kid losing his life.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jan 31, 2011

    It is actually a gang sign used by Hoover Crips. But, I highly doubt that this guy meant it as anything other than what it is commonly used for which is as a symbol of peace.
    January 31, 2011 10:14 a.m.
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    LOL what? A Hoover Crip is a peace sign down. And its not really a "peace" sign. Its suppose to look like an "H". Turn off your TV. LOL yuo are hilarious man. GOLO gangsta. lol

  • nclissy79 Jan 31, 2011

    Awe, GEEZ! That's not a freakin' gang sign...it's a generic, cliched Facebook photo op.

  • NoObamaCare Jan 31, 2011

    He was simply sitting in class, and a teacher asked him what 1+1=?

  • umop apisdn Jan 31, 2011

    Peace sign is palm out, rabbit ears up. I don't know, nor do I care, if that's a gang sign. It's a shame this guy got killed I do wonder what's going to come to light if and when they find the person responsible.

  • MudLife Jan 31, 2011

    Praying for the visctim's family. He was son young only a year older than myself. It sucks when all these young people are dying so soon and this was a really bad way to go. SO i'm praying for his family and friends.

  • carmenhiller1 Jan 31, 2011

    Senseless murder. It is a shame that a person can't even sit in their car in a parking lot. Who would think you would be shot in the head. I was so sorry to read about this. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.