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Police asking for tips in cold case murder of ETX man

James Davis. Photo Source: Family. James Davis. Photo Source: Family.
FORT WORTH, TX (KLTV) -

Nearly 18-years after her brother was gunned down, an East Texas woman is asking the public for help.

47 year old James Ronald Davis of White Oak, was working the overnight shift at a Fort Worth convenience store when he was shot by an armed robber. Davis was able to call 911 for help, but died en route to the hospital.

His family knows the pain of losing their loved one will never go away, but they hope, with the public's help, the questions surrounding his death will finally be answered.

"He was such a good guy. He was loving and giving and he'd do anything for anybody," says James' sister, Sharon Davis.

James grew up an East Texas boy. He was the oldest of three siblings and an exceptional musician at White Oak High School. James then went on to join the military.

"He was featured for his playing the horn. It would just give you chills to hear him playing the trumpet. He was really really good," says Sharon.

But at age 47, a few years after moving to Ft. Worth, Davis was fatally shot while working at a convenience store. Surveillance video captured the attack.

"Mr. Davis was finishing up his shift at about 6 o'clock in the morning at the Fina gas station on McCart when the suspect entered the store. He goes out of frame, and then in a second he comes flying back into the frame in an apparent confrontation with Mr. Davis. The suspect gets up and immediately has a gun in his right hand and shoots Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis falls to the ground and the suspect runs out of the store southbound," explains Fort Worth Police Corporal Tacey Knight, as she looks at the surveillance video.

The news broke James' sister's heart. Telling their mother what had happened was the hardest thing she's ever done.

"I collapsed in the front yard before I could really tell her. It's been really hard. We miss him everyday," Sharon says.

Nearly 18 years later, the Davis family is desperate for answers as Fort Worth Police still seek the suspect.

"There's somebody out there who knows what happened on this day. [The suspect] has spoken to somebody. He has told a friend or family member what happened. There's somebody out there who knows what's going on," says Knight.

Police and Davis' family hope this video will compel that somebody to come forward with more information.

"We really just want to bring closure to the family and bring the suspect to justice. We need the public's help," says Knight.


"He loved us all so much and if someone could just help us find out who did this... It would help my heart," says Sharon.

The Forth Worth Police Department says right now there are no suspects or leads in the James Davis death. They're asking anyone who may know anything about the murder to contact their police department.

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