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Mother continues fight to find killer in Hopewell unsolved murder

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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) -

He was a young father, murdered four years ago today. Johnell Haynes lost his life in Hopewell, brutally murdered on Poplar Street. Today, the case remains an active police investigation, as Haynes' mother continues her fight to find the killer.

"I have faith in God, I'm not going to give up," said Tammy Fisher in an interview Tuesday. "The last time I saw Johnell, he came to check up on me, and that's the night he died."

Haynes was on Poplar Street during the early morning hours of May 27, 2010, when a man put a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. Today, Fisher returned to where Haynes lost his life, placing flowers to mark the fourth year without her son.

"I don't think my son deserved to die like he did," Fisher said. "It's like I'm living it all over again."

Hopewell detectives continue to work on the case after four years, with the investigation still expanding.

"We've just recently interviewed some additional people," said Detective Keith Krueger in an interview Tuesday. "We have two more we're going to interview and speak with."

Police say Haynes was in no way responsible for the events leading to his death. Close family members are now raising Haynes' two children, a responsibility that weighs heavily on those Haynes left behind.

"It's been difficult for these kids, who won't have a dad growing up," said Justin Fisher, Haynes' brother. "He was an amazing person who we miss every day."

An eyewitness saw the murder unfold under the cover of darkness, and said Haynes was with two other men when he died.

"The man on the other side of [Haynes] slipped out [a gun] and shot him," the eyewitness said. "What could I do, run out there? He probably would have gotten me for being a witness."

The person who saw the confrontation has been interviewed by police, but detectives say more information is still needed. For now, Fisher pleads for anonymous tips to end her family's agony.

"My son was lying here, and I know somebody saw it," Fisher said. "The truth will come out. I won't rest until it does."

Hopewell Crime Solvers can be called anonymously at (804) 541-2202.

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