ENID, Oklahoma— Debbie Johnson still holds out hope that her brother’s killer will one day be caught.
Danial Glen Johnson was fatally shot in 2010 during a late-night robbery at the convenience store where he worked, and the murder remains unsolved.
After 11 years of advocating for her brother’s case, Johnson said she was running out of things to say that could inspire someone to come forward.
“Nobody will ever talk, I don’t think,” Johnson said. “If you haven’t spoken in 11 years…I don’t want to (ever give up). As much as ever believe that someone is going to turn themselves in or (the police) are going to find the evidence they need – probably not, but hopefully they will.
At 3:14 a.m. on July 14, 2010, the Enid Police Department received a 911 call from a woman who reported finding the unresponsive employee at the Maine Street Mini Mart, 1602 E. Maine.
When officers arrived, Johnson, 44, was dead.
At the time of the murder, the suspect was described as a dark-skinned black or Hispanic male wearing an orange hoodie, black or blue jeans, gloves, and carrying a white bag. The sweatshirt had “State” written on the front and possibly an overlay of an “O”, which may refer to Oklahoma State University.
Johnson, who lives in Midwest City, and her children are the “only ones left” in the family who are still demanding justice. Her mother died and her father has Alzheimer’s disease.
Johnson said her brother is kind, funny and fiercely loyal, which is why she will never give up on getting justice for him.
“The fact that he wouldn’t give up on me, if it was me,” she said of what gives her hope. “He was very loyal, and if the same thing had happened to me, he would never give up either.”
She said she thought someone would have to have information to solve her brother’s murder.
“I think someone is going to have to speak. One of the people involved is going to have to say something,” Johnson said. “I hope someone’s conscience will take over, but someone who does something like that probably doesn’t.”
Johnson’s killer remains at large and a $4,000 reward is being offered for any information that might help solve the case.
Anyone with information that will lead to the arrest or prosecution of the suspect is asked to call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233 to provide a tip anonymously.
Tipsters can earn the reward and will not be required to testify or be identified. Those with information can also call the Enid Police Department at (580) 242-7000.