Community honors tire shop murder victim


Dozens gathered at the Redwood Ruritan Club in Durham to raise money for the family of Naomi Turner Wright.

Wright was one of two people who died in March when a man opened fire in an attempted robbery at JT Tire. The 65-year-old was gunned down while working at the store.

Since Wright's death, her daughter JoAnna Wright, said the family faces thousands of dollars in funeral expenses.

Fundraiser organizers are hoping to raise as much as they can to help JoAnna and her family by selling barbecue chicken plates.

In addition to the monetary support the family is receiving from the fundraiser, the tire store owner said he is overwhelmed with the outpouring of emotional support from the community.

"Everybody's positive. A lot of support from customers. People I know who're just glad to see me keep going," JT Tire owner, John Turner, said.

It took weeks, but the tire store has since reopened. The store has also set up a fun to raise money for the Wright family.

Also killed in the March 29 shooting was 32-year-old Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir. Abdelganir was a cab driver visiting the shop for a repair.

Twenty-four-year-old O'Brian White has been charged in the shooting. The Durham County prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against White.

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