GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Four years after three people were killed at a Hustle Mart in Farmville, The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said it still feels like yesterday.
“April 1st, I got a page about 10 p.m. that changed my life and changed this department’s life forever,” said Sheriff Neil Elks. He said he lives with that tragic event daily. “I was so devastated at what I saw that night that I had this passion that we need to identify these people immediately.”
Three people were killed inside the Hustle Mart in Farmville, just off Stantonsburg Road. 9 On Your Side stopped by the gas station on the four-year anniversary. There was no sign of the tragedy that took place there.
This, as jurors deliberate if the alleged triggerman Antwan Anthony will face the death penalty. Elks said it changed the direction of his career.
“In all my years of experience as a deputy and as sheriff, I’ve never seen anything as violent as that was,” he said.
The family of the victims said they do not plan to talk to the media until after the jury makes their final decision. 9 On Your Side spoke to a family member last year during the long process heading to court about why he thought the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and district attorneys were so important to the trial.
“It won’t be the same because those people lived with it,” says Ahmad Almaganahi in July 2015, whose brother and nephew were killed in the robbery. “They have spent time with it. They have looked at all the evidence, they have dealt with it. They have seen the crime. They are more familiar than anybody else.”
This familiarity continues four years later. Crews that responded to the scene hope to have a final answer soon.