North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says anyone who helps solve a 2017 murder of a Fort Bragg specialist can claim a $5,000 reward.

Spc. Jose Juan Melendez, Jr., 31, was killed during a visit to meet friends in Raleigh on Nov. 28, 2017, when he was on leave. He had volunteered to be the designated driver and was shot about 3:20 a.m. while walking to his vehicle on Raven Road in an apartment complex near Falls of Neuse Road, police said.

A woman who called 911 reported hearing gunshots and seeing someone running toward nearby woods.

Melendez was taken to WakeMed hospital where he died.

Anyone with information concerning this case is urged to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

Melendez enlisted in the Army in 2013. He joined the 528th Sustainment Brigade in 2017 and was assigned to the 112th Signal Battalion.

Prior to that, Melendez was with the 82nd Airborne Division and deployed for nine months as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge, the Army said.

Staff writer Nancy McCleary can be reached at nmccleary@fayobserver.com or 910-486-3568.

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