Crime Junkie podcast draws attention to the murder of a Robeson County teenager

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ST. PAULS, NC (WBTW) — The Robeson County sheriff is hoping for new advice to come after a teenage murder case was highlighted earlier this week on a popular true-crime podcast.

“MURDERED: Marqueise Coleman,” by Crime Junkie, is 31 minutes long. The podcast episode cites a News13 report.

“Marqueise Coleman had his whole life ahead of him when he was shot in a trailer in North Carolina – all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” reads the episode synopsis. “Police say this horrific crime can be solved if someone speaks the truth, and his family and friends won’t rest until he gets justice.”

Coleman, a high school football player, was fatally shot in late July. Since then, his mother has been begging the public for answers and for the person responsible to turn himself in.

“You are heartless,” Tanisha Coleman, Marqueise’s mother, said in August. “You really are heartless to sit here and take a human life that was about to make something of itself.” Make his family proud, make his friends proud. It’s like you don’t even care.

Crime Junkie episodes have been downloaded more than 500 million times since December 2017, according to the podcast’s website.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told News13 on Wednesday that the department listened to the episode and hopes it inspires people to come forward with information.

“While detectives continue to follow the news and re-interview some people, nothing new has developed so far other than the podcast itself,” he said.

Authorities are offering an $8,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest in the case. Wilkins said the department is working to increase that amount to $10,000.

A Facebook page keeps the public informed about the case, promotes a fundraising effort and offers more information about Marqueise Coleman’s life. On Wednesday afternoon, a GoFundMe raised $865 of a $10,000 goal to raise awareness about the case by erecting billboards and purchasing street signs. Additional funds will be used to create a scholarship in his memory.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 910-865-8477 or contact the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

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