Reward being offered for information on murder of beloved Bertie County taxi driver

Bryan "Keith" Harrell
Bryan "Keith" Harrell

WINDSOR, N.C. (WAVY) — Family and friends are remembering a beloved taxi driver after deputies found the man dead inside his minivan.

The Bertie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 50-year-old Bryan “Keith” Harrell as a homicide.

“If there were more people in the world with a personality like Keith, this would be a better world to live in,” said Buneva Everett.

Someone called for help around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after hearing gunshots near Cedar Landing Road, according to Sheriff John Holley.

Investigators found Harrell dead inside his minivan in open field just feet from Cedar Landing Missionary Baptist Church, where Harrell worshiped and sang the choir.

“He was a good person, a real good person,” said Jeffrey Harrell, the victim’s brother. “It should have never happened.”

Lanisha Harrell, the victim’s niece, says her uncle operated a personal taxi service. It’s unclear if he was giving someone a ride at the time of his death.

“We are completely bothered,” she said. “That was our loved one. Now, we have to lay out loved one to rest because you’re heartless.”

Harrell’s cause of death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner.

The Bertie County Sheriff’s Office says they are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. $1,000 is from the sheriff’s office, while the other $1,000 was raised by Harrell’s community where he lived.

Sheriff Holley says his office is working with few leads and no suspects have been identified. Anyone with information regarding Harrell’s death should call the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 794-5330.