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Three Charged In 2016 South End Robbery And Killing Of Teacher

 Ruijuan Guo
Ruijuan Guo

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested and charged three men with murder in the 2016 robbery and killing of 33-year-old Union County elementary school teacher Ruijuan Guo.

Lieutenant Bryan Crum said CMPD has charged Cecil Lamont Marble, Michael Mandrell Marble and a third defendant already in federal custody, Keric Teron Watt, with multiple felony counts -- including murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

But Crum said the work on the case isn’t over.

“I would like to say we still need the community’s assistance for this case," he said. "This is very much an active investigation. There is still a $15,000 reward in this case, or up to $15,000 for information that leads to arrest or additional assistance in this case.”  

On the evening of Sept. 9, 2016, Guo was attending a concert with her fiance and friends in South End. Upon returning to her car on East Park Avenue, she and her fiance were approached by armed gunmen. Guo was shot, and she died five days later.

A friend of Guo’s who was with her that night, Joe Fuqua, was found dead a few days later. Police believe Fuqua helped set up the robbery, knew who the defendants were and was killed because of it.

Police charged Michael Marble with Fuqua’s death in November 2016. 

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West.