Beckley mother pleads for help finding son’s killer

Raleigh County

A Raleigh County mother is pleading for help to find the person who shot and killed her son. That shooting happened in Beckley on April 10, 2018. 40-year-old Corey Henry was shot and killed.

“He was so bubbly. Happy all the time, everywhere he went. He had the biggest smile. He was just the life of everything,” Crystal Henry, Corey’s mother, said.

Henry was shot at a home on Neville Street in Beckley.  His mother found out by a phone call from her other son.  “He was screaming and crying.. mom, mom, they shot Corey. I fell to my knees. I knew by how he was screaming, something really bad,” Crystal said.

“He said I’m outside, I am going to holler at my friends from back in the day,” Laconda Gore, Corey’s cousin, said. Gore was there the night the shooting happened.  “Heard the shot, seen him pull off. Got to the top of the hill and he was laying there- shot in the head,” Gore said.

Now a month later, Corey’s killer is still on the run.  “They really took something away from us. They took Corey. They took his dream. They took ours. And I want them to pay for it. They will pay for it,” Gore said.

Police said they’re looking 22-year-old Demorrea Curry who is wanted for 1st degree murder.  This isn’t his first run-in with law enforcement. When Curry was 16-years-old, he was charged for shooting a man in Beckley. He served time and was released for good behavior.

“They’re devils.  The people who killed my son are devils,” Crystal said. Crystal said there’s still many unanswered questions and justice needs to be served. She’s hoping by talking, someone else will also talk.

“I just wish I had my son back to hold him in my arms. I would take care of him and I would never let him out of my eye sight again. I just want him back and I know that’s impossible,” Crystal said.

Beckley police said the investigation is ongoing. They said Curry is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Beckley Police Department.  Tips can also be sent to CrimeStoppers at 304-255-STOP.

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