24-year-old man killed on New Years day in Martinsville, suspect arrested

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A 24-year-old man was shot and killed shortly after the new year began in Martinsville.

According to Martinsville PD, the shooting happened around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 300 block of Clift Street. Police say a New Year’s Eve party was taking place at the residence. 

Police have identified the man as Rasheem Oshea Hairston who is from Eden, North Carolina. 

“It’s sad. Anytime there’s a life lost, I don’t care what color, what nationality, what religion, I think it’s a shame,” says neighborhood resident Laura Moore. 

“I would have thought maybe it was a shot. Being New Year’s Eve, I thought it was firecrackers. But in all honesty, I didn’t hear it,” says Moore. 

Another individual, Devontae Lee Massey, was also hurt in the shooting. Police obtained arrest warrants for Massey. Massey is charged with the following charges:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Reckless handling of a firearm and discharging a firearm in the city

Police say Massey and Hairston knew each other and the case remains under investigation. 

If anyone has any information related to the incident, please contact Sergeant Richard Ratcliffe at 403- 5331 or Lieutenant Sandy Hines at 403-5328. Those with information can also call the Crime Stoppers line at 276-63-CRIME. Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tip line and callers with information leading to the arrest and conviction could be eligible for up to a $2,500 reward.

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