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Shooting victim's family offers reward

By John Joyce
Published in News on May 30, 2014 1:46 PM

The family of Doral Deangelo Best, the man shot and killed outside his residence at 101 Ervin Drive May 13, is upping the reward offered for information leading to his killers' arrest.

A felony arrest of those responsible for the 42-year-old's death will now pay up to $6,000.

In addition to Best's murder, the Goldsboro Police Department is investigating two additional shootings it says might or might not be related.

Corey Ramone Best Jr., 20, a nephew of Doral Best, was shot twice in the back May 21 in the 300 block of South Herman Street while riding in a blue Jeep with another man, Quenton Moses.

Moses' son, Dontreal Lewis, 22, was shot outside an apartment building at 310 S. William St. just after 3 a.m. the morning of May 24.

Police immediately confirmed the Best shootings were connected.

They have not yet confirmed the Lewis connection.

"We don't have anything to say that it is or it isn't (connected)," lead investigator Sgt. Jeremy Sutton said.

Best's mother, Laura Crawford, says all three incidents are related.

"I don't think anyone is waging war on my family, no. I think what happened to my grandson is because he and some of his friends have been out there asking questions," Mrs. Crawford said.

Mrs. Crawford said she has no idea what happened to her son.

"People are calling me and my family and giving us names and telling us what they've heard," she said.

She said she has shared every tip she and her family have received with the investigators working her son's case. Some of the information she has provided matches with some of what the detectives are hearing, she said, but detectives would not confirm for her whether any of the names she gave were the same names they have heard.

"I'm hearing the same person who shot my grandson is one of the four men who shot my son," she said.

The Goldsboro Police Department said there are a number of good leads being tracked down by investigators.

"We have a number of investigators working leads and trying to separate what information is real from what isn't," Maj. Al King said.

Mrs. Crawford said she is not interested in a vendetta. The reason she and her family have come together to raise $5,000 to add to the up to $1,000 Crime Stoppers offers for information leading to a felony arrest is to encourage someone in the community who might be afraid to come forward.

"I know the people coming forward with information might be scared, but Crime Stoppers will protect their identities," she said.