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Greenville County investigators work to solve 9 year old murder, mother prays for closure

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Jarrett Johnson (Courtesy: GCSO) Jarrett Johnson (Courtesy: GCSO)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Nearly 9 years after his death, the mother of a Greenville County man found dead in the Staunton Bridge community is still hopeful his killer will be brought to justice.

"I know he knew his killer. I know," said Dolene Johnson.

Dolene Johnson said that still haunts her to this day. Her son Jarrett was shot and killed on December 5, 2007.  It happened on a dead end street off Boling Road Extension. Around one in the morning, investigators said someone fired a shot that killed Jarrett. 

Despite all the time that has passed, Dolene said she is still hopeful the case will come to a close.

"I would just like them to own up to what they have done to a family left behind that is hurting so bad, for not knowing why you did that, or what was the purpose," said Johnson.

Investigators said the case is one that's been cold for some time. FOX Carolina recently learned now they believe more than one person may have been involved in the killing. 

"There may have been somebody driving that vehicle as well, not sure exactly if it was a man or a woman, but there is somebody else possibly involved in this crime," said Greenville County investigator, Shawnee Peeples. 

The car description was vague. Peeples said the person who called 911 described it as dark in color and as a van or SUV, not a sedan. In addition to that, Peeples said she still has no clue what led Jarrett, who lived in Mauldin at the time, to the other side of town. 

"What we do know is he was last seen in the Nicholtown community. He was looking for a ride, but they do not know who he got in the car with, so it goes cold from there," said Peeples.

Peeples added, the shooting may have been gang related. There is a CRIME STOPPERS reward offered for any information that leads to an arrest. 

Peeples asked that anyone think back to the days after the crime, if you heard or saw anything that could be related, contact the Greenville County Sheriff's Office at (864) 467-5300.

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