Neighbors Join Community Watch, Cameras Installed In Greenville Subdivision Where Pastor Was Killed

Three weeks after a Greenville pastor was shot and killed in his home, more neighbors have joined the neighborhood watch program to try and prevent violence in the Westhaven subdivision.

Greenville police have not made an arrest for the August 20th murder, and neighbors say it's not just law enforcement's job to keep them safe. They're taking an active role in community safety.

Three weeks ago, Pastor Jim Carr was shot and killed inside his home on Cedarhurst Road. Neighbors say, since then, many have volunteered to be a part of the Westhaven Neighborhood Association. President of the association, Mike Leach, says they are also having regular meetings to discuss new ways to protect their community.

"They're doing what neighbors are supposed to do. We've installed a few surveillance cameras. We wanted to make sure that they can give us the clarity for prosecution purposes, and we've got a few more on order that are going to be put up around the neighborhood," said Leach

The next neighborhood meeting is Thursday. Greenville police are not releasing any new information but did release a brief description of the gunman last month: a black man in his early 20's and taller than 5'8". Pastor Carr was the only person who saw the gunman and provided the description to authorities before he died.
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As friends and family gathered for a celebration of life for Pastor Jim Carr at the Reimage Church in Greenville, hundreds of his neighbors from the subdivision where he was killed got together for a forum to discuss ways to fight crime.

The Westhaven subdivision, along with Greenville Police and members of city council, held an open forum Thursday night.

Back in June, Gina Hathaway had to lock herself in her bathroom while intruders were in her house. And on Monday morning, Pastor Carr was shot and killed by intruders who came to his home.

Mayor Allen Thomas says, "What this says about the citizens of Greenville is they aren't going to sit back. They're going to step up and take back their streets. And that's not just as a cliche saying, it's actual."

Some of the strategies discussed were street cameras and having patrol cars frequently drive through the area, but the police urged residents to first and foremost, get to know their neighbors, and always be aware of what's going on nearby.



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Greenville police say they believe the burglary that led to the murder of a minister was not a random act.

Pastor Jim Carr was shot and killed inside his Westhaven home just after midnight Monday morning.

At a news conference this afternoon, Interim Police Chief Joe Bartlett says they have information they're pursuing that leads them to believe the burglary of Carr's home was not done at random. "We're looking at the possibility that it was - our suspect went to a specific residence, it wasn't a random thing," said the chief. He would not divulge what that information was.

Bartlett did release a description of the gunman. He is described as a black man in his early 20's, and taller than 5'8". There is no clothing description. The chief said the victim was the only person who saw the gunman, and that he provided that description to authorities before he died.

Pastor Carr was shot at his Cedarhurst Road just after midnight during what police say was a burglary. The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy shows the minister died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

WITN News obtained the 911 tapes Tuesday afternoon. "They came in the door, through the garage, they were at the back door," Vickie Carr is heard telling 911. "And when he went to the backdoor to see what the sound was they shot him." Vickie Carr told 911 that she was in the bedroom at the time.

A service for Pastor Carr will be held Thursday night, while at the same time residents of Westhaven will meet with Greenville officials about crime in their neighborhood.



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We could learn more about the investigation into the death of Pastor Jim Carr Thursday. Greenville police are holding their weekly media briefing at 1 p.m., and WITN will ask for new details on the case.

Meanwhile, some in Greenville will attend a life celebration for Pastor Carr Thursday night. The event is at Reimage Church from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Carr's funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Charlotte.

At the same time Thursday night, the homeowners association in Carr's neighborhood is holding a community forum. The event for residents of Westhaven will gather at the University of Christ Church on Crestline Blvd. at 7 p.m. Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas, City Manager Barbara Lipscomb, City Councilmember Max Joyner, Jr., and representatives from Greenville police.



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The wife of a minister killed in a home invasion early Monday in Greenville told 911 that her husband's attacker came in through their garage.

Pastor Jim Carr was shot at his Cedarhurst Road just after midnight during what police say was a burglary. The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy shows the minister died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

WITN News obtained the 911 tapes Tuesday afternoon. "They came in the door, through the garage, they were at the back door," Vickie Carr is heard telling 911. "And when he went to the backdoor to see what the sound was they shot him." Vickie Carr told 911 that she was in the bedroom at the time.

Police have not released any description of the gunman.

The minister told 911 that he only saw one person who had a handgun. Pastor Carr told 911 he couldn't tell what the man was wearing. The attacker was described as average height, someone taller that Carr, who was 5'8" tall.

He told 911, "I'm hurting, yes, come on...hurry." The 60-year-old Carr died later at Vidant Medical Center.

The family will have a life celebration for Pastor Carr, Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Reimage Church in Greenville. His funeral will be Saturday afternoon in Charlotte at the Resurrection Lutheran Church. An exact time has yet to be set for the service.

Donations in Pastor Carr's memory can be sent to God's Love, P.O. Box 1973, Winterville, NC 28590.

You can also make donations to:
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
8701 Leeds Rd
Kansas City, MO 64129

Donations in memory of Jim Carr will go toward FCA's here in North Carolina.


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A minister was shot and killed during a home invasion, as friends say he was trying to protect his wife.

The victim in this morning's homicide has been identified as Pastor Jim Carr. The 60-year-old minister was shot during a breaking and entering to his home on Cedarhurst Road in Greenville just after midnight.

Dr. Howard Shockley, administrative director of the Presbytery of the MidAtlantic says Pastor Carr was working with a non-profit ministry in Greenville. He last had a staff position with Covenant United Methodist Church in Winterville in October 2009.

Shockley says he was told by Carr's daughter that their home was broken into and the girl's father was trying to defend her mother when he was shot.

Police have not released much information on the circumstances of the murder or burglary. They say they do have a description of the gunman, but have not released that information.

Pastor Carr was also a part-time van driver at Pitt Community College where his wife, Vickie, works as a administrative assistant in the continuing education division.

Previously, Carr was at Williamston Presbyterian Church for 11 years.

This home invasion happened in the same neighborhood where a woman locked herself in her bathroom after two men broke into her home earlier this summer. That happened back in June on East Baywood Lane, about two blocks away.


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Greenville Police confirmed Monday morning that the man shot and injured during a home invasion, died on Monday morning.

Police tell WITN they are investigating a breaking and entering case in the Westhaven subdivision in Greenville. Shots were fired at the home on Cedarhurst Road, and a family member told WITN a man who lived in the home was shot in the shoulder.

Police said by 7:15 a.m. that man died from the gunshot wound.

Police have not yet released that victim's identity. Tax records show the home is owned by James and Victoria Carr who purchased it in 2010.

This home invasion happened in the same neighborhood where a woman locked herself in her bathroom after two men broke into her home earlier this summer. That happened back in June on East Baywood Lane, about two blocks away.



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We're gathering details about an early morning shooting involving a homeowner and a breaking and entering suspect.

Details are limited but dispatch says the shooting happened in the Westhaven subdivision of Greenville.

Family members tell us that the man was shot in the shoulder and is at the hospital.

We're working to speak with police about the particulars of the case and will have details as they become available.


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