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Four Arrested In Murder Of 'Lizard Lick Towing' Stars' Son, Fifth Suspect Sought

Two teenagers and two women have been arrested in the Feb. 17 shooting of Harley Alexander Shirley, the son of the stars of the truTV reality series "Lizard Lick Towing." One suspect remains on the loose.

By Jax Miller
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Deputies are searching for a fifth suspect nearly one month after the son of two reality TV stars was shot dead.

Harley “Alex” Shirley, 21, was found shot to death at a Sheetz convenience store in Garner, North Carolina, on Feb. 17, according to a statement emailed to Oxygen.com. Johnston County authorities have since arrested two women and two teenage boys in connection with the shooting, which also left a 20-year-old woman paralyzed, Shirley’s family business said in a Facebook post.

Shirley’s parents, Ron and Amy Shirley, starred in the truTV reality series “Lizard Lick Towing.”

“We will not hate, and we will pray for the families of all involved on both sides of this senseless murder,” the business stated. “But we will not stop pursuing justice on all fronts, either, for our dead son or the paralyzed young lady that is suffering also.”

The injured woman was identified as Sophie Hagy, according to WRAL. The outlet reported Hagy was shot twice in the back and a bullet remains lodged in her spine. Hagy’s mother claimed that Hagy and Shirley had gone to a balloon release ceremony together to honor their mutual friend, Xavier Smith, who’d recently died in a car accident.

Authorities then received a call about a shooting on Josephine Road at around 8:00 p.m. that evening, according to the sheriff’s office. Shortly after, a second call came in to report “gunshot victims in the parking lot of the Sheetz,” which is three miles away.

“It was quickly determined the two calls were directly related,” the statement read. “Through the investigation, it is believed the shooting occurred at the Josephine Road location.”

On Feb. 19, deputies arrested a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old male three days later, according to the statement. Both teenagers are being held with juvenile services and have been charged with murder and attempted murder. Because they are minors, their names are not available to the public.

On Feb. 24, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell announced the arrest of 21-year-old Cassidy Lorene Hunter and charged her with accessory after the fact. She was booked into the Johnston County Jail under a $1 million secured bond. The same day, authorities arrested 38-year-old Diana Sarah Jackson for obstructing justice. She remains under a $100,000 secured bond.

On Thursday, authorities obtained an arrest warrant for a fifth suspect, 19-year-old Ferrell Nicolas Jackson, the statement continued. He is wanted on charges of obstruction of justice.

It was not made clear if two Jacksons are related.

“As sheriff, I am extremely proud of the hard work, dedication, and commitment that I have witnessed over the past week, as our detectives have worked around the clock to arrest the individuals that were involved in the senseless murder of a young man and the life-changing injuries to a young lady in our community,” Sheriff Bizzell said in the statement. “Please keep both these families in your thoughts and prayers.”

“This is going to be a long road, but one by one, justice will be served,” Lizard Lick Towing stated. “The JoCo Sheriff’s Dept. has been amazing in this matter as well as compassionate as has the entire JoCo DA team.”

The Hagy family created a GoFundMe page for Sophie Hagy to assist with medical bills, as she remains “in shock, overwhelmed with emotion, and is having a difficult time processing what has happened.” Relatives say she is paralyzed from the waist down.

Another GoFundMe page was created to make a scholarship in Harley Shirley’s name, providing financial assistance to those struggling with substance abuse.

Arrest records do not indicate whether any of the suspects have retained legal representation or when they’re expected to appear in court.

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