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Published on May 13, 2024
Fayetteville Community Shaken by Early Sunday Homicide; Police Seek WitnessesSource: Unsplash/Michael Förtsch

Early Sunday morning in Fayetteville ended with the tragic loss of life, as police were called to a quiet neighborhood where they discovered Willie Russell, a 31-year-old man, dead from multiple gunshot wounds, according to authorities. The deadly incident took place on the 2000 block of Seneca Drive at Courtney Street, WRAL reported.

The Fayetteville Police Department said they received calls around 5:20 a.m., but upon arrival, it was too late for Russell who died at the scene with no chance to be rushed to a hospital, officers discovered his body after it was reported, they added that his next of kin have been notified of his untimely death. Anyone who might have useful information regarding the homicide has been urged to contact Detective R. Vernon at 910-729-2525; anonymous tips can be shared with Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crime Stoppers by calling 910-483-TIPS (8477), ABC11 noted.

This part of Fayetteville just off Rosehill Road north of the split with Ramsey Street/U.S. 401 Business, known for its tight-knit community feel, now grapples with the shock of violence that took the life of one of its residents. Investigators have not yet released any suspect information or detailed motives behind the shooting as they continue to canvas the area and gather evidence.

The Fayetteville Police Department has made a public appeal for assistance, asking anyone with knowledge of the shooting or any suspicious activity in the area to come forward in hopes that their contribution might shine a light on the circumstances of this tragedy and lead to an arrest, understanding the urgency police recognizes the community's assistance as potentially pivotal in solving the case, CBS17 reported.