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In Loving Memory: The Juhahn Belcher cold case

Greenville native Juhahn Belcher was murdered in his Georgia home in 2011.

Since then, the search for his killer has grown cold, and his mother’s quest to find answers has grown more difficult.

It’s been seven years since Alma Belcher was forced to say good bye to her son. 

"It still hurts right 'til today,” said Belcher. “It seems like it was yesterday when I lost my son."

In the midst of her heartbreak lies unanswered questions as to who murdered him in cold blood.

"I don't have any proof," said Belcher. “…I heard a rumor that it was his so-called friend. What kind of friend would do another friend like that?"

On May 17, 2011, Juhahn was found face down in his Jonesboro, Georgia home.

"I ended up going to his condominium, but I couldn't stay in there,” said Alma Belcher. “My son was murdered right when you walk in the door…I guess he may have opened the door for someone, turned his back."

He was discovered by his coworkers from L.A. Fitness. 

They grew increasingly concerned when he didn't show up for work.

Juhahn worked at the gym as its general manger.

"He had left his Cadillac Escalade parked at LA Fitness because he rode with someone to his condominium, and he was shot in the back of the head,” said Alma Belcher. 

9 on your side reached out to the clayton county police department during the course of filming this report.

It's the agency investigating Juhahn's death.

The major of its criminal investigation division sent us this statement.

“Regarding Juhahn Belcher's homicide, the investigation is still active.  We are looking for two persons of interest. There is no other information that I can give you at this time without jeopardizing the investigation."

For Alma Belcher, finding out new information on her son's case has been very difficult.

"You know, I called down there, but I really don't like to call down there because I get frustrated,” she said. “They tell me, well somebody else is on your son's case. I'm going to take his photo home over the weekend, and I'm going to call you back Monday. Monday comes, they never call."

So when it comes to the investigation, these are the facts publicly known in the Juhahn Belcher case.

It's there were the trail grows cold, and where Alma Belcher's grief deepens.

"I paid somebody to take me to Georgia,” she said. “I had never been to Georgia, I had never been on a plane."

"We flew my son back from Georgia,” she added. “We had his funeral here at my church, Philippi Church."

The Belchers are longtime members of Philippi Church in Greenville, so after his service, Juhahn found his final resting place at nearby homestead memorial gardens.

"When I need to go, I can find my son right across from Sheetz,” Belcher said.

In the wake of her son's death, Alma says it's taking time, but she is slowly getting back to doing things she previously enjoyed. 

"I just keep the faith and stay strong,” Belcher said. "Most of all what I miss about my son is when he would call me from Georgia and say he was on his way home. I would wash my hands, put my apron on and stay in the kitchen almost 12 hours. That just made me feel so good inside because he appreciated food. I got two more sons, but that was my first born I miss him every day. I wish I could call him on the phone. I wish I could cook him something to eat.”

“When you passed away, I found out that Jesus was 33 and a half years old when he died and so were you,” Belcher said. “I knew Jesus heard me. Now, I'm on bended knees asking Jesus to reveal to the world the person or persons that choose to take your life."


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