The location where James Jordan Sr. was shot dead
Crime Scene Location in Lumberton, North Carolina
This is the location where James Jordan Sr. was shot dead.
It is situated on Kenric Road, off Highway 74, in Lumberton, North Carolina.
Jordan Sr., who was the father of basketball star Michael Jordan, was shot dead by two armed robbers while he was taking a nap in his car.
On July 22nd, 1993, the 56-year-old attended a former co-worker's funeral in Wilmington. After spending the evening having dinner with friends, he began his 200-mile journey back to his hometown of Charlotte.
He was supposed to fly to Chicago the following morning to take part in a charity golf tournament that his son was sponsoring. Consequently, he decided to hop in his red Lexus SC400 and make the late-night journey home.
After driving for roughly 80 miles, Jordan Sr. made his way past Lumberton and decided to pull onto a gravel road near the intersection of Highway 74—a few hundred yards west of the Interstate 90 overpass.
By that point, it was after midnight, and he was beginning to feel tired.
While Jordan Sr. was resting in his car, two teenagers called Daniel Andre Green and Larry Martin Demery were at a nearby Quality Inn motel, hoping to rob a tourist. That night, they had already robbed a convenience store and a couple. However, they still wanted more.
As they were hanging around the Quality Inn motel waiting for someone to emerge, they noticed that a red Lexus was parked further up the road.
When the pair moved in for a closer look, they saw Jordan Sr. sleeping in his car.
At the time, they didn't know who he was. Initially, they believed that he might have been a drug dealer, as he owned a fancy car and was wearing expensive jewelry.
After walking past the vehicle a number of times and hyping each other up, they finally picked up the confidence to rob the sleeping man.
The original plan was to hijack the car, drive it down the road, and then force the man out.
Sadly, that is not what happened.
During the robbery, Green inexplicably shot Jordan Sr. in the chest as soon as he woke up.
According to Demery, the 53-year-old "moved around for a bit" before finally succumbing to his injury.
Following the shooting, the two teenagers went through the man's belongings. It was at that point that they saw their victim's driver's license and realized that they had just murdered the father of NBA star Michael Jordan.
After stealing Jordan Sr.'s cellphone, watch, and jewelry, they dumped his body in Gum Creek, which is close to the state line with South Carolina.
Jordan Sr.'s body was discovered by a fisherman on August 3rd. Two days later, his stripped-down vehicle was found in a wooded area near Fayetteville.
The authorities were able to confirm his identity by using dental records and the VIN number on his Lexus.
Investigators tracked down Green and Demery shortly afterwards, as the pair had carelessly used their victim's cellphone to make a series of personal calls to their friends and family.
In 1995, Demery pleaded guilty to the crime and agreed to testify against Green. One year later, Green was also convicted of first-degree murder.
Following their convictions, both men were sentenced to life imprisonment.
They remain in prison to this day.
James Jordan Sr. death location
The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:
Kenric Road, Lumberton, North Carolina, NC 28358, USA
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The entrance to Kenric Road is about 330 yards (300 meters) west of where Highway 74 passes over Interstate 90. It lies to the west of Lumberton Regional Airport.
Details about the general area
Lumberton is a city in Robeson County, in the south of North Carolina.
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James Jordan Sr. was shot dead near Highway 74
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James Jordan Sr. was shot dead on a gravel road near the intersection between Highway 74 and Interstate 90, which lies to the southwest of Lumberton, North Carolina.
The murder took place in the early hours of July 23rd, 1993.
At the time of the shooting, Daniel Andre Green was 18 and Larry Martin Demery was 17. The teenagers had reportedly "borrowed" the gun from one of their parents' houses.
Following the murder, the media began to speculate about possible ties between Jordan Sr.'s death and his son's gambling habit. By that point, Michael Jordan's love of casinos and card games had become public knowledge. As a result, sports columnists began to question whether the killing was somehow related to the NBA star's gambling debts.
It wasn't until later that it emerged that Jordan Sr., like many murder victims, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Quality Inn motel
This is a Google Street View image of the former Quality Inn motel near Highway 74.
The building was demolished circa 2016.
That night, Green and Demery were hanging around the motel. Their initial plan was to wait for a tourist to emerge and then rob them at gunpoint.
However, they changed their minds after they saw Jordan Sr.'s red Lexus SC400 parked beside the highway.
Coordinates: 34.604264, -79.101374
Daniel Andre Green and Larry Martin Demery
Daniel Andre Green (left) and Larry Martin Demery (right) were both convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
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