Winston-Salem police work to solve murder of 68-year-old man

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Over a week after Winston-Salem Police found a 68-year-old man murdered in his home, the person or people responsible are still on the loose.

Luther Gordon’s body was found on Tuesday, August 19th, in his home on Bretton St. in Winston-Salem. Police said he had been shot.

“Everybody was out, looking and wondering, why did this happen,” said Brenda Byers, who lives across the street from where the murder happened. “You’re not safe in your own home.”

Byers said the neighborhood has changed since the murder, with everyone keeping their eyes out, and their loved ones close.

“I’m scared, because I’m here all day by myself. You know, and the least little sound I hear, I come looking, you know, to see what’s what,” said Byers.

Byers knows the feeling of not knowing all too well. In Gastonia, in 1998, her husband Junior was killed in similar fashion.

“That’s really terrible, I mean, don’t nobody deserve to die like that. I mean, I’ve been through it, my husband was killed, I came home from work and found him dead and it really broke my heart,” she said.

For 16 years, Byers has been wondering who killed Junior, but his murder remains unsolved.

“I know what it’s done to his children and his grandchildren. You know, that’s a hurtful feeling,” she said. “It was horrible. I mean, this man was my life, and they really killed a part of me when they killed my husband.”

Byers says anyone with information on who killed Gordon needs to come forward, to prevent his family from going through what her family has been going through, for over a decade and a half.

“People don’t understand, they could take somebody’s life just like that, and don’t know the damage that they have done,” she said. “That’s a hurtful feeling. And I’m still feeling, it’s been 16 years and I’m still hurting, and miss my husband, and wish I could have him back.”

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