Dejuan Floyd and Julie Eberly will…
According to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department, Dejuan Floyd is the suspect in the murder of Julie Eberly, a Pennsylvania mother of six, who was killed in a random incident on the road in Lumberton, North Carolina, as she walked with her husband to the beach.
The murder took place on Thursday, the 25th. March 20, 2021, at approximately 11:40 a.m. on I95 South in Lumberton NC at Exit 22, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department wrote in a press release.
Sheriff Bernice Wilkins said in a press release: It was an innocent family from Pennsylvania going to the beach on vacation. Fortunately they left their six children at home with their grandparents, but now these children have to live with the thought that their mother was killed in such a cowardly and senseless way. My heart goes out to this family and I ask everyone reading this to pause and pray for this family.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Floyd was arrested in the Lumbertonapartment complex
According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, on Thursday 01. On April 20, 2021, at approximately 12:38 a.m., Dejivan R. Floyd, 29, of Lumberton, North Carolina, was arrested at the Parkview Apartments in Lumberton, North Carolina.
Floyd is accused of premeditated murder and discharging weapons in occupied territory. Charges have been filed in connection with the death of Julie Eberly, 47, of Manheim, Pennsylvania, authorities have confirmed.
Sheriff Bernice Wilkins said: Floyd’s arrest was a direct result of police and community cooperation. Surveillance footage provided to investigators by dozens of cooperating businesses and residents was crucial in tracing Floyd’s path through Cumberland County before the shooting and through Lumberton and beyond after the shooting. Whatever the circumstances, no one deserves to be killed in the streets of our country. I am proud of the investigative work of the law enforcement agencies who worked together to bring this case to a successful conclusion.
An anonymous donor in North Carolina has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Julie Eberly in the drive-by shooting case. Authorities are looking for a light Chevy. Julie and Ryan on I95 heading to Hilton Head for their birthday @WGAL #justiceforJulie pic.twitter.com/9rIq2In2ys
– BarbaraBarrWGAL (@BarbaraBarrWGAL) March 27, 2021
Floyd was processed and booked into the Robeson County Detention Center without bail with an initial hearing Thursday morning, according to the news release.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170 or email [email protected].
In our legal system, the presumption of innocence applies until guilt is proven in a court of law. The information in this post is not intended to express an opinion on the question of blame. Opinions and views of persons responding to this message are not accepted and do not reflect the official policy or position of this law enforcement agency, the sheriff said.
2. Sheriff’s department says Eberly was shot through the passenger door.
UPDATE : A Lancaster County woman is dead after a shooting in North Carolina. Julie Eberly and her husband wanted to take a beach vacation. The latest on WGAL 8 today. pic.twitter.com/k4nmKLHS2z
– Jere Gish (@jeregishWGAL) March 26, 2021
The sheriff’s department gave this report on what happened to Eberly in its last issue:
On Thursday, March 25, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., 40 officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired near exit 22 of I95 north of Lumberton.
Lumberton Police, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Robeson County EMS arrived and found Julie Eberly with a gunshot wound. Julie Eberly was shot through the passenger door as she and her husband, Ryan Eberly, drove south on I95. Ryan Eberly was not injured. She received immediate medical attention before being transported to UNC Southeast, where she died.
The investigation revealed that the collision occurred unknowingly after the victim’s GMC Yukon approached the defendant’s Chevrolet Malibu as it entered the roadway. The suspect then walked to the victim’s passenger side, turned down the window and fired multiple shots into the passenger door. Witnesses said the suspect then fled and drove off via exit 22. The victim’s car then stopped on I95 awaiting medical attention.
The department always said:
The suspect was described as possibly a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu or Impala model, silver or gray with tinted windows and possibly chrome around the window frame. The suspect is described as an African-American male with dreadlocks.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is leading the investigation and continues to search for video footage or eyewitness accounts of an incident that occurred between mileposts 23 and 25 on I95 South. The suspect then took Exit 22 and drove into Lumberton via Fayetteville Road, said the sheriff, who was released.
Anyone with information is asked to call 910-671-3170 or email [email protected].
3. Floyd has a criminal record dating back to 17.
An interview with a North Carolina sheriff about an incident that led to the death of Julie Eberly, a Manheim woman and mother. A $10,000 reward is now being offered for information on the @WGAL shooter pic.twitter.com/tVaGF1VEHM
– BarbaraBarrWGAL (@BarbaraBarrWGAL) March 26, 2021
Floyd is no stranger to the criminal justice system.
According to WGAL, he was first charged with car theft in 2009, when he was 17 years old.
He was released from prison in 2016 after being charged with felemeanor possession of a weapon in a residence, the TV station reported. According to WGAL, he was also charged with simple assault, burglary, robbery and theft of a weapon.
The GoFundMe page to help Eberly’s family says she went on vacation with her husband.
Our beloved Julie passed away prematurely due to a senseless shooting in Lumberton, North Carolina, while on her way to vacation, it has been learned. We want to raise money in honor of Julie and her life. Julie was beautiful, loving, generous, and giving. We will use this money to help others and donate to organizations that are important to him. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers from the communities of Lumberton and Manheim/Lancaster. May Julie’s death not be in vain, and may her memory live on in her name.
The fund raised over $33,000.
According to ABC 11, her husband told the TV station that he changed lanes and accidentally ran another driver off the road.
I saw in the rearview mirror that he passed us on the right, shots were fired, our car was hit. My wife called my name. I asked if she was hit, and she said yes, Ryan Eberly recalled to the TV station.
The Sheriff’s Department shared information on the GoFundMe page to help the Eberly family. Hello everyone, Hundreds of you have emailed or written to me to help the family of Julie Eberly, the victim of a tragic murder yesterday on I95. We have contacted the family to inquire about your attention and concerns and to inform them of your suggestions. Please see the attached Go Fund Me link if you would like to help. I am truly grateful to everyone who has contacted me and I continue to ask for your prayers for this family. Please share, wrote the sheriff’s office.
4. The sheriff described Floyd’s cold face.
SEUFZ: According to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Julie Eberly and her husband had just celebrated their wedding anniversary and were vacationing in Hilton Head. Julie was shot in a traffic accident. The suspect is still being sought. https://t.co/8dmQeeVayo pic twitter.com/9XiK7bDvDG
– WMBF News (@wmbfnews) March 26, 2021
The sheriff said Floyd showed no emotion during the arrest.
I was there just after midnight this morning when we arrested him, Wilkins told WECT. And looking at his cold face. His nonchalant look: I don’t care if I get arrested. I can only imagine what the people on I-95 saw when he looked up and fired. It really pisses you off.
According to WMBF-TV, Eberly and her husband just celebrated their wedding anniversary and went on vacation to Hilton Head.
It was their seventh wedding anniversary.
On Facebook, Eberly said her name was Julie Bittner Eberly. She wrote that she attended Manheim Central High School, lived in Lancaster, PA, and was originally from Manheim, PA.
5. Eberly’s Facebook page is full of family photos
Julie Eberly’s family told me that she and her husband, Ryan, were on their way to Hilton Head to celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary. (Shares a photo of Julie with family permission) pic.twitter.com/UG4GH8Ui9U
– Andrew Forgotten (@AndrewABC27) March 26, 2021
Eberly has filled his Facebook page with photos of his family. She also posted a photo of the prayer party and a photo with friends.
Her husband Ryan’s Facebook page states that he is the owner of Flow Mechanic LLC.
Many of her photos show her with multiple children.
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