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Update: Early Sunday, police arrested Ralph Lewis Gettys, 33, and charged him in the death of Raymona Abraham. In addition to a murder charge, he also was charged with assault and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Mecklenburg jail records show Gettys had been arrested at least four times previously since 2009. Those charged included assault and cocaine possession.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying to determine who shot and killed a 21-year-old man in west Charlotte early Saturday.

The victim was identified as Raymona Abraham.

Ralph Lewis Gettys

According to a police report, officers were called to a home in the 2000 block of B Avenue in the Wilson Heights community just off Beatties Ford Road at 6 a.m. in responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon with injuries. When officers arrived, they found Abraham suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead at 6:09 a.m.

The suspect was described as a black male with a dark complexion, approximately 6-feet 2-inches tall and 205 pounds with his hair in braids. He was seen fleeing the scene, possibly in a two-door, white Ford Explorer.

Police said the victim and suspect likely knew one another.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak with a homicide detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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