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Raleigh man -- singer, hard worker -- killed in hit-and-run

Posted October 30, 2015

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— When friends learned that Terrance Rayshone Faison, 23, had died Thursday night after being hit by an SUV along Poole Road in Raleigh, they first remembered his voice.

They referred to celebratory Sunday mornings at Abundant Life Church and his clips on Instagram.

Joshua Powell said it was singing that drove his friendship with Faison.

"We had a little group. Any time there was an anniversary or anything like that, we would sing," he said.

Faison was on his way home to 4009 Mackinac Island Lane in Raleigh when he was hit. He was working two jobs – bank teller by day, clerk at Crabtree Valley Mall by night – to fund his dream of a career in the music industry, his mother said.

Investigators with the State Highway Patrol discovered Faison's body in a ditch alongside the road just before 8 a.m. They believe he had been walking on the right shoulder of the road when he was struck and estimated that the collision happened before midnight.

Raleigh police were looking for the driver of a two-tone, gold 2004 or 2005 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer edition after finding a piece of a bumper near the place Faison lay. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Highway Patrol Communication Center at 919-733-3861 or the Raleigh Highway Patrol office at 919-733-4400.

Powell and a family member both remembered a happy young man whose voice will resonate well beyond his life.

"He always smiled. He was a good kid. He never went the wrong way in life," a cousin said.

"I can think of all the times that we laughed," Powell said. "I can listen to all the music that we recorded."


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  • Wayne Douglas III Oct 30, 2015
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    If the police have a part of the bumper and know it is an Eddie Bauer edition Expedition, also knowing the year made, it will be easy to find anyone, who has one registered. Then they simply need to hit up these car owner's residences. When they find one with right front end damage, there is a good chance that they have found their suspect. The part from the bumper, can be matched up with the vehicle. They should also check body shops. The person could easily claim that he struck a deer, to have the damage repaired, before he gets caught. It's not rocket science.

  • Tom Laurence Oct 30, 2015
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    My prayers go out to the family and friends of Terrance. I did not know him personally, but from what I have heard, he was a very caring individual, and had such a promising life ahead. I hope the person responsible for this tragedy will come forth and do the right thing.