Police search for damaged car involved in killing of deputy’s son in University City

Family pleads for answers in son's murder

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information in the November killing of a Cabarrus County deputy’s son in Charlotte’s University City.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say an armed person shot 19-year-old Nathaniel Isenhour around 9:55 p.m. on November 25 in a Harris Teeter parking lot off University City Boulevard. Witnesses took Isenhour to Atrium Health-Main, where he was pronounced dead the next morning.

Police released surveillance video of a distinctive vehicle involved in the case, asking, “Have you seen this vehicle?” The video was reportedly obtained from a gas station near the Harris Teeter parking lot, and police believe Isenhour may have been inside the vehicle at the time.

“Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have identified surveillance video footage that they believe captures a vehicle the suspect(s) used,” CMPD said.

The vehicle being sought has right front-end damage and has a rear tail light out.

Surveillance video released in killing of 19-year-old in Harris Teeter parking lot

“My son Nate was murdered in Charlotte,” Isenhour’s dad, Cabarrus County Deputy Sonny Isenhour said. “He was only 19-years-old.”

Sonny Isenhour described his son as a loyal, fun-loving kid who lived life to the fullest. “Before Nate passed, he became involved with some questionable individuals and that’s what led us to where we are today,” Sonny Isenhour said. “Not knowing is absolute torture," Sonny Isenhour said of his son’s killing. "Please, I’m begging – somebody say something.”

Speaking directly to person responsible, Sonny Isenhour said “You need to get right with yourself because you will face justice in this world or the next. It will come to you.” “Get right with god, he said.

Nathaniel Isenhour’s mom, Sherri Walker, an ER nurse, said she never expected this to happen to her son.

“I have held mothers whenever I couldn’t save their child," Walker said. “Never did I think I would be on this end of things."

(Source: Photos provided by Charlotte police)

“While you may elude police, you cannot escape God," Walker said, directing her statement to the person responsible. “Please know that one way or another, you will be brought to justice."

Anyone with additional information is asked to call homicide detectives at 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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