Reward offered for info in Fairmont murder

First Posted: 1/7/2015

FAIRMONT — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed a Baltimore man in Fairmont in October.

Kendric Markel Johnson, 32, was shot Oct. 18 in front of a home on the 600 block of Madison Street in Fairmont.

“The Police Department is always seeking information about any crimes out there,” said Fairmont’s interim Police Chief Kimothy Monroe. “This is one of the harsher crimes we had in 2014 and we’d like to bring it to a close.”

Erich Hackney, an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, requested on Nov. 17 that Gov. Pat McCrory provide the award, and McCrory announced he would on Wednesday.

No arrests have been made in Johnson’s death.

“We have information about a motive but until we are able to substantiate that claim we’d rather not speak about a motive at this point,” Monroe said.

A “person of interest” has been identified, but more information is needed.

“… The investigation thus far has revealed a person of interest, however any additional information from those who were present at the time, or the public in general who may have direct information on the case, would be very helpful in bringing charges against those involved,” Hackney said in a statement.

Anyone with information about Johnson’s death should call Fairmont police Detective Jon Edwards at 910-318-8888, the Fairmont Police Department at 910-628-9766 or Hackney at 910-734-0209.