First Posted: 1/15/2009
PEMBROKE - Two Robeson County men were murdered in separate shootings this weekend. No one has been arrested in either death.
In Pembroke, Clem “C.C.” Zebert Jones, 25, was gunned down in the parking lot of Michael's Restaurant about 8:20 p.m. Friday.
In Maxton, police are trying to find out who killed 19-year-old Swindell Lamar Braddy. His body was found Saturday morning in the back yard of the home where he lived with relatives. Investigators say his death may be related to a drive-by shooting at the home Friday evening.
Pembroke Interim Police Chief Frank Hernandez said Jones, was in the restaurant parking lot when a man drove up in a small car and opened fire. Jones was shot in the upper chest and died at the scene. He lived at 496 Sherill Road in the Prospect community. Several people were inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.
Hernandez said robbery wasn't the motive, but it's likely Jones knew the suspect.
“The suspect was driving along and spotted Jones walking,” Hernandez said. “We are interviewing witnesses and working in conjunction with the State Bureau of Investigation. We're not really sure of the circumstances at this point.”
Jones' aunt, Linda Oxendine, said her nephew worked as a brick mason. He was the youngest of Beverly Jones' five sons. Oxendine said Jones' death has been especially hard for the family, considering Beverly died from cancer in December. She was 48.
“He was a good child,” Oxendine said through tears. “He was always there for his mama. That was her heart.”
In Maxton, Police Chief Paul McDowell said a drive-by shooting at the home on Friday where Swindell Braddy lived is probably related to Braddy's death. He lived at 602 E. Martin Luther King Drive.
Braddy's body wasn't discovered until 8 a.m. Saturday. Everette Bethea Sr., who lives at the home, called police after he walked outside and saw the Braddy's body. McDowell said Braddy had been dead for several hours. He suffered what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his chest. An autopsy will be performed.
McDowell said about 15 people were standing in the yard just after 7 p.m. Friday when a gray Ford Focus drove by and someone began shooting. Witnesses said at least two people were in the car. It is unclear how many guns were used. No injuries were reported when officers arrived, however, two cars at the home were struck.
McDowell said they haven't determined what led to the drive-by. He said he didn't know if Braddy was in the yard at the time of the shooting.
The SBI is assisting in the investigation.