Family members of murder victim vow to find suspects

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Family and friends of Warren Portis, 28, were holding on to hope as they handed out flyers in downtown Greensboro Saturday.

“I’m here to ask the people in the city of Greensboro to help me find the killers, the people that killed my son,” said Portis’ mother, Crystal Able.

Able and others have seen more than four months go by since Portis and a friend were attacked on West Friendly Avenue near Commerce Street early Sunday morning March 16, the same weekend as the ACC basketball tournament in Greensboro.

The Greensboro Police Department believes three men may be responsible for the beating death that happened around 2:30 a.m.

“The officers in Greensboro have shown me support and they haven’t given up on the case,” said Able.

Able and a handful of friends and family haven’t given up either. They walked Friendly Avenue, Market Street Greene and Eugene Streets handing out Crime Stoppers flyers and talking to everyone who would stop to listen.

Portis was living in Winston-Salem and had a large family including a daughter.

“I want justice for him because he wasn’t a violent person, he wouldn’t go out and do any harm to him,” said Able. “I can’t understand why someone would do this to him and I need that closure.”

Anyone with information about the fight that killed Portis can call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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