NEW DETAILS: Store Owner Murdered In Rocky Mount

Officials have released the autopsy results of the convenience store owner found dead inside his store.

Rocky Mount police say Abdul Karim Alwarrak died of gunshot wounds. He was found inside Karim's Food Mart on Raleigh Road just before 1 a.m. on May 19.

This is the second Rocky Mount convenience store owner who has been murdered inside his store in the past two months. In March, "Sammy" Soufan was murdered in his Old Wilson Road store. Police have not been able to make any arrests in either case.

Police tell WITN News they are investigating whether there is any connection with the two cases. The two stores are approximately two miles from each other on different sides of Rocky Mount.



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A Rocky Mount store owner has been found dead in his business. It's the second such murder in the city in the past two months.

Police say Abdul Karim Alwarrak was found dead inside Karim's Food Mart Store on Raleigh Road just before 1:00 a.m.

Officers say they were called to the business after a report of a robbery.

The 47-year-old man's body has been sent to Pitt County Memorial Hospital for an autopsy.

In March, "Sammy" Soufan was murdered in his Old Wilson Road store. No one has been arrested in that homicide.

Police tell WITN News they are investigating whether there is any connection with the two cases. The two stores are approximately two miles from each other on different sides of Rocky Mount.


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  • by Stuck in this Hell Location: Rocky Mount on May 24, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    It is really sad...we have lived in RM for 16 years...this is a really terrible place to live, I know that my story will sound like one of self pity, but we are stuck here...due to the economy we can not afford to move, I have decided to home school my child because it is not safe to attend Nash Rocky Mount "middle" schools...this is funny to some, but it is a crying matter for me! We do not qualify for any assistance of any kind, so we suck it up and work our jobs and find blessing in the fact we still have our home and are able to pay the mortgage, but living in Rocky Mount is HELL!
  • by Oh please on May 24, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    To James, Your statistics are correct and there is your answer for why the crime rate is so high in Rocky Mount.
  • by James on May 24, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    NAACP, African Americans are not the minority in RM. In fact, there are over 8,000 more African Americans in RM than whites.
  • by NAACP on May 24, 2011 at 04:12 AM
    Why isn't the NAACP out protesting and helping this man's family. Where is Sharpton and crew. This man was obviously a minority and could use the press. Oh, wait it was probably a black shooter so they don't want to address the true crime stats for a minority that is committing a majority of the crime (especially violent crime).
  • by illiano on May 20, 2011 at 04:46 AM
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  • by sherry Location: rockymountnc27803 on May 19, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    i believe all this is a inside job . store owners dealing drugs undercover.dealers got mad about there money.we have to check behind the scenes and the employer there connections.CHECK THE ONES SMILING IN THE CAMERA.
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      by illiano on May 24, 2011 at 04:32 AM in reply to sherry
      no actually a black person walked into his store stole a 35 cent pack of gum and karim caught beat his tale then kicked him out, then the black guy felt ashamed and punked the he got his tale kicked by an arab and decided to shoot him rather than fight him like a real man, hes a coward so are the rest of them hood punks put ur hands up punks.... also wen one is by his self hes a chump but when he got his friends wit him he gets tough...
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        by Report on May 24, 2011 at 06:30 AM in reply to illiano
        Illiano, if you have information on this case, why don't you call Crime Stoppers at 977-1111.
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        by Anti-NAACP on May 24, 2011 at 06:43 AM in reply to illiano
        SO true. Testify, Illiano!
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          by illiano on May 24, 2011 at 08:54 AM in reply to Anti-NAACP
          testify? i was there to testify, BUT im gonna garuntee u there will b a break in this case by weeks end....
  • by bs on May 19, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    Whats with the shock and supprise? its rocky mount. This place has very few if any "good" sides of town left
  • by wally Location: new bern on May 19, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    my god with his family that is very sad sad sad
  • by Woodrow Location: New Bern on May 19, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    The random crime "sprees" here in eastern NC by basically un-parented dirt bags are worse than the more organized crime problems up north. At least with the mob, they are organized and usually have a reason behind their actions - good or bad. These morons just don't have the brain cells to reason between good and bad.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on May 19, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    All previous comments are agreed upon. That poor man didn't realize what a 'prime target' he was. May God rest his soul, and condolences to his family and friends. I hope the shooter is caught soon, and has nightmares every living night of their life. After that, I hope a decent judge will give this murderer his just desserts; death or life in prison.
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