Murder victim's aunts open up, hope to generate new leads

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by Brian Farrell, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 11:20 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- Since February 3, police have been trying to find the killer of 25-year-old Emmanuel Terry. Detectives worked leads, but the leads took them nowhere.

Terry was walking home from the gym when someone shot him along High Street. His body was in the parking lot of Mt. Nebo RZUA Church, feet from its main entrance.

"It's a violence that you have to just give it time, very hard, but we're gonna give it time, or we're gonna give the police time, to see what they can do, and I know that they can do it," said Gwen Griffin, Terry's aunt.

She and her sister's belief that detectives will find their nephew's murderer comes, in part, from experience.

December 3, 2012, somebody shot and killed his brother, Marquise Terry, at a party in Portsmouth. Police were able to make an arrest in that case.

"Two brothers, both of 'em are gone by violence, you know, and it's very devastating for our family," Teresa Coleman told 13News Now. "We haven't gotten over Marquise's death, and, then, this is happening all over again. It's just unbelievable."

The arrest for the killing in 2012 brought Coleman and Griffin some peace of mind. They are hoping a similar peace of mind will come, that detectives once again will find an accused killer.

"They took away somebody that we'll always miss and that didn't deserve to be done that way, period," said Coleman.

Anyone with information about the shooting can reach Portsmouth detectives through Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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