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Gospel Singer One of Three Accused Killers

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DUNN — Robbie Brewington sang lead vocals with the Brewington family, a gospelgroup well known in Harnett and Cumberland Counties. He even filled in asan announcer at a Christian radio station in Dunn. To all who knew him,Brewington was a faithful Christian devoted to his 8-year-old nephew,Brian.

Reverend Bobby Strickland says the Brewington's often sang at his church.He would also bring along Brian. Strickland says Brewington was almost amother and a father to the boy. Becky Strickland recalls how spiritualBrewington always seemed. He was almost like one of Strickland's ownchildren.

Deputies say Brewington has admitted plotting to kill his nephew, on whomhe'd taken out a $58,000 life insurance policy earlier this year. Hisgirlfriend, Vera Lee, and a third man, Michael McKeithan have reportedlyconfessed to setting fire to the boy's house and stabbing his 82-year-oldgreat grandmother.

Robbie and Brian attended services at Eastover Church of God nearFayetteville. Reverend James Brewington, who's not related but sang withthe gospel group, says Brian had come to pray with him on the past fewSundays, as if he knew what the future held.

Reverend Brewington remembers Brian being very solemn for the last four orfive Sundays. It made Brewington step back and think a second, but hechose not to confront him with it.

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