A home invasion leads to a cold-blooded murder

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A home invasion leads to a cold-blooded murder.

32-year old Roy Bethea, Jr. was shot and killed in his Marlowe Avenue home in West Charlotte.

"It hurts. My heart hurts everyday," said his grieving mother, Deanna Robinson.

"My brother wasn't the best person, but he was a good guy," said sister Masheemba Withers. "He loved his family, he loved his children, he just loved life."

But this former all-star athlete at Myers Park High had his life taken on the night of April 16th.

Another sister, Royeal Bethea, added, "it's messed up my brother didn't rob nobody he didn't steal from nobody, he didn't do nothing, he stayed at home."

Bethea was home with friends and his 17-year old son when three men forced their way in through the front door.

"They were saying, get on the ground give us the money give us the drugs," said CMPD Homicide Detective Adam Greenly.

But when they didn't get what they wanted, they began assaulting Roy's son and his friends.

"They said that he ran and I guess he was holding the door of the bathroom and they shot him," said Withers, "we heard the neighbors say he was begging for his life."

After the home invaders left, they fired shot after shot into the air. Why?

Detective Greenly thinks he knows why. "I imagine so people could not look outside and see them escape."

The detective can't repeat what witnesses in the house told him about the killers. He is convinced there are others who know who these men are.

"There are too many people involved for people not to have known about it."

Now the family is begging for help to bring the killers to justice.

"Anybody that knows anything, please tell us, please so my mom can have closure, so his children can have some type of closure."

Roy Bethea, Junior's infant daughter was born two months after his death. She was named, Royalty.

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