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Friends plan vigil for man killed in Fayetteville parking lot

Posted January 30, 2011 9:17 p.m. EST
Updated January 30, 2011 11:25 p.m. EST

— A Fayetteville man who was shot and killed in his car parked at a strip mall Saturday night was always there for others, his friends said Sunday.

They are planning a vigil for Michael Staggs, 22, on Tuesday night.

Austin Campbell works at the Japan Express restaurant near the crime scene. He said he didn't hear gunshots, but saw the police response shortly after 8 p.m. He said pieces of glass covered the pavement on the driver's side of Staggs' car.

"You get a shooting 50 yards, 100 yards from your storefront, I mean ... it scares you," Campbell said.

Staggs' car was riddled with bullet holes. He had been shot in the head.

Police are looking for a white man driving a burgundy Ford F-150 pick-up truck.

Campbell said he's still shaken by the murder.

"Just thank God it didn't happen inside wherever it is you work and unfortunately it did have to happen to somebody and their family," he said.