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Hopewell Police: One tip could lead to break in unsolved murder

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Johnell Haynes would have turned 27 Wednesday, more than three years after he was robbed, beaten and murdered in the middle of a Hopewell street.

Haynes' unsolved murder is still an active police investigation, but in an interview Wednesday, his mother fears her son's killer could strike again.

"That person is still walking out there," Tammy Fisher said. "He could do this to somebody else's child. That was my child."

Lead detective on the Haynes case, Keith Krueger, said the Hopewell Police Department continues to investigate tips, but one new piece of information could lead to a major break in the case.

"We are close, and it could come down to one more tip," Krueger said. "It is frustrating to come all this way, and not have an arrest for the family."

Fisher tells close friends that she has had no holidays since her son's death. Police ruled early on that Haynes was not involved in any trouble that could have contributed to his death.

"Her son was taken from her for no reason whatsoever," Krueger said. "He was innocent, just walking down the street, and someone just took his life."

Haynes was on Poplar Street during the early morning hours of May 27, 2011, when a man put a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger.

"They first beat my son half to death, they could have just left it at that," Fisher said. "They didn't have to… They shouldn't have killed my son like they did."

Haynes was a father of two, and a talented singer. When Fisher was asked what she would say to anyone who knows the identity of her son's killer, she had a simple answer.

"I would tell them, I'm a mother. I'm never going to have closure until this case is solved."

Any information can be called in anonymously to Hopewell Crimesolvers at (804) 541-2202.

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