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Man held in gun death

September 14, 2000

Man held in gun death



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Terry Lee Edwards, Jr., 21, 425 E. Race St., was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge Wednesday morning following a fatal shooting at his home about midnight.

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Steven Ray Post, II, 20, of 227 Stadium Circle, Inwood, died of a gunshot wound at about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday at City Hospital in Martinsburg, about half an hour after police arrived at the Race Street address, police said.

Edwards was being held at Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night awaiting a bond hearing.

Police were sent to the house after Edwards called 911 for assistance after the shooting, the report said.

According to the police report, Edwards, Post and others had been drinking along W.Va. 9. The two began arguing and drove back to the Race Street address, according to the police report.

The argument continued at the home and ended in the shooting, the report said.

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Steve Post, father of the dead man, said his son and Edwards had been close friends. They met when both went to work at Rex TV and Appliance in Martinsburg in the spring.

Steve Post said Edwards still worked there at the time of the shooting, but that his son had a job with Quad Graphics.

"My son hauled (Edwards) around all the time," Post said. "He didn't have a car so he picked up him and took him everywhere, to work shopping, everywhere. This is just totally absurd."

He added: "He went fishing with Terry and dad and his grandfather. They were really close."

The family has lived seven years in Berkeley County, the last five in Inwood, W.Va. Post was born in Weston, W.Va.

The manager at Rex TV and Appliance at Martinsburg Mall, who did not want to give his name, confirmed Edwards worked as a salesman for the company and that Post had worked there until leaving to take a new job.

"We all feel real bad for Steve," he said. "He was a very, very good guy.

Attempts to reach Edwards' relatives were unsuccessful.

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