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3 suspects charged in the 2016 murder of Union County School teacher

Ruijuan Guo was shot during an armed robbery on East Park Avenue in South End September 9, 2016.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police charge three suspects in the 2016 murder of a Union County School teacher.

After continuous investigating, 39-year-old Cecil Marble, 36-year-old Michael Marble and 34-year-old Keric Watt are charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the shooting death of Ruijuan Guo. 

Michael Marble was already in custody for another homicide.

The 33-year-old teacher was shot during an armed robbery on East Park Avenue in South End September 9, 2016. She died several days later.

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The police report from 2016 states Guo, her boyfriend and friend were preparing to get into their car when they were approached by the suspect. The suspect pulled a gun on them and asked for the boyfriend's wallet. The police report stated he could not get his wallet out of his pocket fast enough so the suspect shot his girlfriend and then ran off.

The robber got away with the boyfriend's wallet, which contained his driver's license, social security card and $900 in mixed bills, police said.

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Police believe one of her friends who was with her during the robbery, Joe Fuqua participated in the planning of the robbery but did not kill Guo. He knew of the robbery but did not think it would lead to murder.

Fuqua was found shot and killed a few days later. CMPD detectives believe these two cases are connected. Police said Fuqua was a suspect in Guo’s death and believe Fuqua was killed because he knew who killed Guo. 

RELATED: Autopsy of slain Union Co. teacher released

Guo was from China and had been teaching Chinese at Kensington Elementary School in Waxhaw.  

As additional information develops this is still an active and ongoing investigation.  


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