Crime

3 Murders in Less Than A Week in NLR

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- An early morning shooting Sunday killed one man and seriously injured another on Healy Street.

It has been a brutal week for the city. Sunday's murder is the third in less than a week.

The most recent killing happened just before 5 a,m, in the 800 block of Healy St. and marked the city's 13th homicide of 2018.

Every other day since last Wednesday another family received the heartbreaking news that a loved one was murdered in NLR.

Dozens of people watched detectives work at the scene.

Earl Deshon said, "It's just all overwhelming."

Cops cleared the murder scene as family members grieved.

Deshon said, "He (the victim) had just left from celebrating his step mom's birthday with his father and some friends

Police identified the murder victim as 36-year-old Corey Edwards.

He said that's his second cousin who was shot killed outside the North Little Rock home where the victim (a father himself) helped take care of his ill mother.

"Corey.  We call him Tob, Toby. It's just sad," Deshon said.

"He (Edwards) was just the life of the party. You know? Tob," he told us.

Officers said they found the 36-year-old dead and another man shot and fighting for his life.

Deshon said, "I got this call, several calls. I knew it was something going on from the family members that called me at that hour."

"He's going to be missed. Corey was a good guy," his cousin said.

As the victim's family member wrapped up our interview he recalled the last time he saw Corey.

He said, "We grew up together. We're the same age."

It was just last week he saw Edwards, according to him.

"He (Edwards) came by me and said 'man you ain't [sic] taking no pictures today?' Because I'm always taking pictures."

Wishing he snapped that photo, he holds the ones he already has closer.

People on scene told our crew they believe this case is somehow connected to a past relationship and a disagreement that may have happened Saturday.

North Little Rock Police have not released many details.

Sgt. Amy Cooper said there is no threat to the public.

NLRPD said the three recent murders do not appear to be connected.


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