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Fayetteville man charged with murder of Shannon woman

May 29, 2019

A Fayetteville man has been charged with the murder in the death of a woman found in a pickup truck on Memorial Day, authorities said.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said Ronchelle Raquan Lewis, 18, is charged with the murder of April Oxendine, 45, of Shannon.

He was arrested early Tuesday morning and was being held without bond at the Robeson County jail, authorities said. He is facing several charges, including first-degree murder, firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Lewis was also wanted in Cumberland County for felony probation violation, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and resisting a public officer.

Oxendine was found dead in the vehicle on N.C. Highway 71 North in Lumber Bridge just before 5 p.m.

Robeson County authorities said they received a 911 call shortly before 5 p.m. from a convenience store on N.C.-71.

Investigators believe Lewis shot into the truck on Russell Road in Shannon, killing Oxendine.

Two other people were in the truck when Oxendine was shot, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities said the motive appeared to be a dispute between Lewis and the driver of the pickup truck.

Stedford Collins said he went to the crime scene Monday.

“I just wanted to find out who it was, and found out that it was” Oxendine, Collins said. “We always called her blue eyes.”

David Locklear said the victim had lived with him in the Arrowhead Heights Apartments in Shannon for the past five months.

“I told her not to leave yesterday,” Locklear said. “It hurts. She was my housekeeper. She was my friend. She cooked for me. She washed my clothes. She did everything for me.”

Investigators said they found shell casing related to the case behind the apartment complex but say Oxendine was shot by Lewis near the intersection of Russell Road and Gypsy Drive.

Winston Oxendine, who is not related to the victim, was driving the truck.

Investigators say Lewis had been involved with a dispute with Winston Oxendine before he saw the truck. When he saw the vehicle, he opened fire.

One of those bullets struck April Oxendine, who was sitting in the back seat.

Those who knew her are mourning the loss.

“I’m going to miss her,” Locklear said. “I’m sure going to miss her.”

Anyone with information about Oxendine’s death can call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170.

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