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Tips in Rocky Mount unsolved murders worth $5,000

Posted July 21, 2011
Updated August 3, 2011

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— Crime Stoppers is offering $5,000 for information in each of four unsolved murders committed in the first half of the year in Rocky Mount. Two are cases of shootings in convenience stores, one man was shot as he drove on Lee Street, and the fourth was accosted at his Brandon Lane home.

The first crime took place March 7 at Sammy's Food Mart, at 1100 Old Wilson Road, as owner Rafiq Salim "Sammy" Soufan, 47, was locking up. Police are looking for two or three people who were possibly driving a dark SUV.

On April 13, Shakeem Devonte Avent, 18, crashed his burgundy Cadillac into a white BMW, then hit a wall at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Lee Street. Emergency personnel found Avent in the car with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

James Tony Cooper, 46, was the victim of a home invasion April 26 at 2028 Brandon Lane. A witness spotted two black men with dark complexions and medium builds, one clean-shaven and one with a goatee, running from the house that evening.

The second convenience store shooting happened May 19 at Karims Food Mart Store, 2053 Raleigh Road. Abdul Karim Alwarrak, 47, was found inside his store dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Police are looking for a green or dark-colored minivan in connection with that crime.

Anyone with information about any of the unsolved slayings is asked to contact Twin County Crime Stoppers at 977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • awomnsptofview Jul 21, 2011

    And guess what? Crime is down in Rocky Mount. Yea, and the recession is over.

  • mrsmom Jul 21, 2011

    Wow! Four murders still unsolved? It kind of makes you wonder what HAS been solved. I hope they catch all the murderers and are able to keep them in prison.

  • luckywoman4183 Jul 21, 2011

    I wish someone would come forward.