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Family pleads for info on man’s slaying

Cops hope $5K reward entices witnesses

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FRANKLINTON — Family members of a man killed in a January shooting are urging anyone with information to come forward to police before the case goes cold.

Clarence Person Jr., 49, was found shot to death Jan. 18 in his home on Fairlane Street in Franklinton. Police said they are investigating the death as a homicide.

His brother, Gary, and father, Clarence Sr., spoke Tuesday at a press conference at the Franklinton Police Department.

There is a $5,000 reward available for information in the case.

“Please come forward,” Gary Person said. “If not for the money, just because it is the right thing to do.”

Franklinton Police detective Cpl. D. Toms said two unidentified men entered Person’s home around 7 p.m. the day he died. Person was shot while the two men were inside.

The men did not force their way into the home and nothing was taken, police said. A motive has not been determined.

The men left the house, fled on foot toward N.C. Highway 56 and went to the In & Out Mart at 509 E. Green St. The men were then picked up in a silver Chevy Malibu.

Police have released images of the two men, one wearing a white hoodie and the other dark clothing. A photo of the suspects’ vehicle has also been released.

“We’ve ran out of leads that we had from that night,” Police Chief John Green said. “We’re kind of at a stalemate, so any fresh leads will give us something so hopefully we can get some closure to the family.”

Clarence Person Sr., dressed in a UNC Tar Heel shirt and hat, said his son was an avid fan of Chapel Hill’s football program. He said he and Clarence Jr., 49, were like best friends.

“I hate it and it hurt me so bad,” Clarence Sr. said. “I hope they will be captured and brought to justice.”

Green said Clarence Jr., who went by “Droopy,” was well known and liked in Franklinton.

“We all loved him,” Green said. “If you called him by his real name, no one knew who you were talking about. You just say Droopy.”

HOW TO HELP

Anyone with information about Person’s death should call Franklinton police at 919-494-2151, ext. 105 or ext. 107. After 5 p.m., callers should reach the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500 or 1-800-334-3000.

In particular, anyone who was on Fairlane Avenue in Franklinton between 7-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 who may have seen anything suspicious is urged to reach out.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced last month a $5,000 reward for information “leading to the arrest and conviction” of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

Callers can remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.


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