Homicide investigators turn to public for help in unsolved Macon County murder

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Richard Carr, lll and his mom Betty don't like it but both realize it's a fact of life.

"Money talks and hopefully we'll get some information we need," said Carr.

That money to the tune of more than $23,000 is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspects who murdered Richard Carr, Jr.

The initial reward was $5,000.

"The community that prays together stays together," said one minister at the podium.

The mere fact that dozens of people showed up for the press conference in Shorter is an apparent testimony to the kind of man Mr. Carr was; generous beyond measure, always willing to make a difference in someone's life.

One story floating around Macon County is the fact Carr bought shoes for poor children so they could go to school.

"I heard things at the funeral I never knew," said family friend Andy Hornsby.

Richard Carr lost his life the Friday night before Labor Day, shot dead near his back door at his home in Shorter.  Carr was 65 years old, 4 months shy of enjoying another birthday.

Nearly two months and counting, still no arrests and no clear motive.

The challenge for detectives has been the lack of an eyewitness.

"When something like that happens with no one around, you have to build a case from that," said Macon County Sheriff David Warren.

Carr's death is the 5th unsolved murder in 15 years in Macon County.

Contributions to the higher reward have come from the governor's office, individuals and the town of Shorter which chipped in $2,500.

Bryan: "What keeps you going?"

Betty Carr: "All things are possible with God."

Searching for clues, looking for answers in Macon County.

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