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Cary homicide investigation continues

Posted April 11, 2010 10:47 a.m. EDT
Updated April 12, 2010 11:09 p.m. EDT

— Cary police continue to investigate the slaying of a 28-year-old man in apartment complex early Saturday, whose death launched the town's first homicide investigation since 2008.

Jibrael Menelik, of Apex, died after being shot in the breezeway of a building at 700 Pony Club Circle in The Grove at Cary shortly after 2 a.m. Three neighbors, including one who knew Menelik, called 911 and said that they heard two men arguing, then a gunshot.

Menelik's death launched the first murder investigation by Cary police since the slayings of three women in 2008, all of which police believe were domestic-related.

No suspects have been named in the slaying of Menelik, and police have said that it is unknown whether he knew his killer.

"We will continue to investigate and are committed to bringing swift and just closure to this case," Capt. Michael Williams said.

Police investigators and County-City Bureau of Identification agents continued to process evidence at the scene Sunday. On Saturday, police met with Menelik's family and canvassed the area for potential witnesses, then worked the scene overnight.

Police plan to hold a community meeting with residents of the apartment complex early this week, Williams said.

"I'm very concerned," said resident Tammara Tassin, who has two children. "I'm thinking about moving, because I can't have my kids in something that could happen like this again."

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting should call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-266-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for up $2,500 for information leading to charges in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.