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Clinton man shot dead on front porch

Posted April 30, 2012 5:36 p.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2012 6:49 p.m. EDT

— The family of a Sampson County man killed over the weekend said Monday that they are struggling to understand why anyone would shoot their grandfather.

Alfredo Medina, 56, was talking with his nephew and another family member on the front porch of a home on Devane Street in Clinton at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when, the nephew said, two men walked up the street toward them and opened fire.

Police said six shots were fired, and one struck Medina in the chest. He started running away and collapsed and died along a nearby fence line.

Clinton Police Chief Mike Brim said the shooting appears to be a random act of violence, noting that investigators have found nothing to indicate that Medina was targeted and haven't determined a motive.

Brim said his officers rarely get calls from anywhere on Devane Street, which is dominated by columned front porches and First Baptist Church.

Police have only a vague description of the two gunmen and asked anyone with information to call the Clinton Police Department at 910-590-3009.

A native of Honduras, Alfredo Medina moved to Clinton about two years ago to be closer to his family.

"He was never one looking for a fight. He was one who was very close to his family and was a really hard worker," said Medina's granddaughter, Jeanette Medina.

Jeannette Medina said she had to break the news of her grandfather's death to her mother, who speaks little English.

"I had to tell my mom. It was really hard to share that that had happened to her dad," she said.

A family member created an impromptu memorial, placing a stick and a few flowers along the fence where Alfredo Medina died.

"He was a good man. He didn't deserve to die that way," grandson Estyven Garcia said.