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Man seeks answers to son's murder

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Friday, August 23, 2019

Rocky Mount police are searching for answers as to how a 26-year-old man came to meet his death on Thursday morning.

Police responded to a shots fired call on the 2100 block of Nancy’s Circle and found Jamie Nicholson unresponsive. He had been shot multiple times at a trailer in the Cross Creek Mobile Home Park.

He was treated at the scene and transported to Nash UNC Health Care, where he reportedly succumbed to his wounds.

Police have not yet released the name of the victim, but family members identified him as Jamal Nicholson, better known as Jamie Nicholson to his family and friends. According to his Facebook profile, Nicholson went to Northern Nash High School and attended Edgecombe Community College in the past.

Nicholson’s father, Troy Copeland, and his stepmother, Pamela Copeland, were at the scene of Nicholson’s homicide early Thursday afternoon seeking answers to how their son’s death occurred.

“We really don’t know nothing. We are trying to find answers ourselves,” Troy Copeland said. “The police say they don’t really know exactly what happened, either. But they say he was shot multiple times.”

Nicholson worked at Stretchlon USA in Rocky Mount, his dad said. He had a 7-year-old son who was the joy of his life. He did not live on Nancy’s Circle and Copeland said he has no idea why he was there.

Pamela Copeland said she thought there must have been a party going on.

“It looks like people were drinking. I see bottles strewn around here,” she said.

Troy Copeland said this kind of ending was out of character with the way his son lived his life.

“He never had any trouble with the law. He loved to laugh and joke. He was always happy,” Copeland said. “He wasn’t in any gangs or no crap like that. He didn’t hang around with bad people neither.”

The last time Copeland saw Nicholson was when the family gathered at a cookout on the Fourth of July.

“It was a big cookout and everybody was joking and laughing the whole while. That is how Jamie was,” Copeland said.

Nicholson came from a big family. He had two sisters and three brothers, Copeland said.

“All his brothers and sisters would tell you that he might get on your nerves, but that’s my brother,” Copeland said. “He loved fishing, he loved hanging out with his brothers and sisters. He loved joking and laughing and having a good time. That is how he was.”

As Copeland tries to process his grief, he is hoping the police can find answers about his son’s homicide.

“I am trying to figure out why. What happened? Because this is not making sense,” Copeland said.

The Rocky Mount Police Department currently is investigating leads in the case.

“We are asking that anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411, Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Text-A-Tip (Text RMPOL) and your message to CRIMES (274637). Your text is completely anonymous,” Sgt. Brad Summerlin said in a press release.

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