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Vance County deputies investigate drive-by shooting that killed veteran

Posted November 16

The Vance County Sheriff's Office is following up on leads, trying to find the person who killed 69-year-old Navy veteran Ray Harrell in a drive-by shooting on October 22nd around 5:45 p.m.

Harrell was standing at his front door on Hight Street, in a neighborhood he had lived in for more than 25 years, when someone in a white car drove by and shot him.

Neighbor William Bullock said his son often walked across the street and came back home with candy, courtesy of Ray Harrell. He said that is a good example of his character.

“My son rides his bike up and down the road and he can go to any one of these neighbors’ house, and they just welcome him with open hands and so for something like this to happen it really hurt us,” Bullock said.

Neighbors are devastated and confused about why someone would kill him.

“He was doing some yard work, and of course my five-year-old comes along, and we go over there and help him move debris and all that good stuff. Just as happy as he wants to be,” Bullock said.

Timothy Starnes said he and Harrell's relationship went beyond friendly neighbors.

“Ray was pretty much like a brother. And I would love to see them catch the person,” Starnes said.

“At this time of day, I thought it was just some crazy neighbors that moved in you know shooting up in the air or something and then all of a sudden that car flew right by the road here.”

Other than the white car, a description of the suspect is too vague to share.

Harrell's wife and two children were inside the house at the time of shooting, but were unharmed.

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  • Jeff Freuler Nov 17, 12:14 p.m.
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    Vance County/Henderson today is no more than a little Durham. Lot's of crime along with drug activity. That is what happens when you don't take the bull by the horns and let the tail wag the dog