CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Eight years ago, four people were all killed in a Charlotte apartment. It's a very cold case that has provided few, if any, leads.
"There was a lot of gunshots, believe me," said former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Detective Miguel Santiago.
In 2011, I met with Detectives Santiago and his partner, Jacqueline King, at High Meadow Lane near Archdale and I-77 - the site of Charlotte's only unsolved quadruple murder.
The four victims were shot several times each.
Andrew Babyak and Cherilyn Crawford were both originally from Tega Cay. William Royster was the apartment owner. The fourth victim, Timothy Stone, is the odd piece to the puzzle. He lived in New York but was staying in Charlotte on the night of March 24, 2008.
"We believe these people were involved in a lifestyle that put them in jeopardy," said former Detective King.
That's another way of saying "drugs." Police think the murders happened within an hour of someone calling 911. That was at 5:30 in the morning.
"We did an extensive canvass of the area, but no one heard anything," King said. "No one heard gunshots."
There've been no new leads in eight years. The case is stone cold.
"People out there know what happened. Maybe they haven't come forward because they thought we forgot about this case, and we're not working on it," King said. "Or, maybe they're afraid of the people involved."
Even though the case is cold, the cash reward from Crime Stoppers still stands at $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Call 704-334-1600 if you know anything.
Cherilyn Crawford's mother and all the victims' families need to hear who and why four people were brutally murdered in that apartment.