Arrest Made Hours Before Road Rage Victim's Funeral

Dejywan Floyd charged with first-degree murder
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2021 4:14 AM CDT
Arrest Made in NC Road Rage Shooting
This Thursday, April 1, 2021, photo provided by the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, in Lumberton, NC, shows Dejywan Floyd.   (Robeson County Sheriff's Office via AP)

(Newser) – Julie Eberly, a mother of six killed in a road rage shooting in North Carolina last week, was laid to rest Thursday. Hours before the funeral, her family was told that a suspect had been arrested. Lumberton, NC, resident Dejywan Floyd was arrested around 12:30am Thursday and is being held without bond, NBC reports. The 29-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied property. Investigators say that after the SUV being driven by Eberly's husband came close to Floyd's Chevrolet Malibu during a lane change on I-95, Floyd fired multiple shots into the passenger side of the vehicle, killing the 47-year-old woman, the New York Times reports. The Pennsylvania residents had been traveling to South Carolina for an anniversary getaway.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins says Floyd was tracked with the help of surveillance footage from businesses and residents. "He pulled the sticker off the back glass thinking that would make a difference, but still drove the car around," the sheriff tells WBTW. He says police received hundreds of tips in the case and somebody will be getting the $20,000 reward that had been donated by area residents. "Our detectives were able to notify the family about six this morning that the arrest had been made, and they were beyond pleased," Wilkins told WNCN Thursday. "It made it exciting for us that we are able to bring some sort of conclusion." (Eberly's husband says there was no contact between the cars before the shooting.)

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