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Police ask for help with murder inquiry

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on July 21, 2010 1:22 PM

Goldsboro police detectives feel a sense of frustration in their investigation of a Memorial Day murder that took the life of a 19-year-old Goldsboro resident.

Investigator Dwayne E. Dean, who is leading the inquiry into the death of Stacey Lamar Edwards, believes there are people who are not talking.

"I know for a fact there were witnesses to this, and they have yet to do the right thing and come forward," Dean said. "This is a case that is solvable if people will do the right thing."

Edwards has both parents and siblings who live in the area, and Dean said they are also frustrated that no one has spoken to police about the incident.

Dean and police spokes-man Sgt. Chad Calloway said they could only guess as to why people who might have information about the shooting have not come forward.

Police believe witnesses in the shooting might be friends of the victim.

"There are any different number of reasons as to why people are not (telling) us about this case, so we'd just be speculating as to why they're not," the sergeant said.

In the meantime, however, the detectives said they have hit a dead end in solving the case, and that they need witnesses to overcome whatever reasons they have for remaining silent.

Dean said Edwards was shot at Fairview Homes, a unit managed by the Goldsboro Housing Author-ity, while on his way to shop at Madison Meat Market at Madison and Holly streets.

Edwards was pronounced dead at Wayne Memorial Hospital on the afternoon of Memorial Day, after being transported to the hospital not by ambulance, but instead a private vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, with dark skin and wearing a black hat, police have said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 735-2255, or investigator Dean at 580-4211.