New video released in Greensboro deadly beating

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Warren Portis

Warren Portis

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police and Crime Stoppers have released video that could generate tips to help with the investigation of a deadly beating in downtown Greensboro in mid-March.

Warren Portis, 28, of Winston-Salem, was killed in that beating on Friendly Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 16. That was also the weekend of the ACC Tournament.

The video shows a dark minivan parked on Friendly Avenue as well as a light-colored sedan that pulls around the van and drives off.

"The folks in the minivan were witnesses to the incident so we feel they have information that could help us greatly," said Brittany Wheeles with Greensboro Crime Stoppers.

Detectives working the case would also like any information about the people inside the car. They've heard varying reports of four to five people participating in the attack.

Portis' mother, Crystal Able, hopes people will come forward with information about what happened that night.

She hopes the anonymity of the Crime Stoppers program helps put rest the potential fear of retribution for talking with police.

"People don't like to get involved in things but it's coming to the point in time that people need to stand up and say what they have to say," said Able.

Portis left behind a large family including a daughter in elementary school. His mother said it was unlike him to go out but on that fateful Saturday night, he went downtown with a friend. Portis can't understand why the men targeted her son.

"It was a senseless crime," said Able. "I don't know if it was random."

Crime Stoppers has received 195 tips so far in 2014. Those tips have helped solve 36 cases.  A reward has also been offered to find the people who killed Portis. It has been set at up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest or indictment.

You can call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text BADBOYZ to 274637.


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