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Governor Roy Cooper today issued a proclamation offering up to a $5,000 reward for information on the unsolved shooting death of Reginald Tyrice Edwards in July of 2014.

Weldon police Chief Christopher Davis said this afternoon he submitted the case to the governor’s office about six months ago.

The decision to apply for a reward in the case came from collaboration with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. “The SBI has an agent in the area working on cold cases and wanted to work with us on this case. We definitely would like to get that case solved.”

Davis said of the reward, “I think that may be helpful. We’re interested in gathering information that could be helpful.”

Mark Macon was police chief at the time of the July 17 shooting death of Edwards, who was 34.

Edwards, who was shot in the upper body, was found in the middle of the street on Ransome Circle in the Scoco Park Community near the intersection of County Road.

At the time Macon said of Edwards, “This is not a guy who would be on the streets causing problems. He was not a violent person and people don't understand why someone would want to hurt him. Our main goal is to get the shooter in custody.”

In the proclamation, Cooper said, “To preserve law and order the person or persons who committed such an infamous crime must be brought to justice.”

The reward is up to $5,000 for information which leads to the arrest and the conviction of the person or persons responsible for Edwards’ murder. “The payment of this reward, or any portion thereof, is conditional upon the information being furnished as a direct result of the issuance of this proclamation. The total reward paid to all persons in this case shall not exceed $5,000.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Weldon Police at 252-536-3136; Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444; or the SBI at 888-624-7222.