Fourth Black Charged with Shooting Death of White Man Outside Grocery Store

Julius Thomas Stephens

Even when it’s four against one and the victim is unarmed, blacks won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.


A fourth person has been charged in the Longs Food Lion murder case that happened in 2018.

Julius Thomas Stephens, 24, of Chadburn, NC, has been charged with murder and possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime. He is being held without bond in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

On August 15, 2018, Gerard Celentano was shot and killed outside the Food Lion at 110 E. Hwy 9 in Longs. Investigators say Celentano was waiting to pick up his wife from work at the Food Lion when he was murdered. Celentano was 57 years old.

Gerard Celentano

Three other men from Tabor City, North Carolina, are in jail, facing charges for their roles in the robbery and shooting. James Bellamy and Stephon Miller are charged with murder. Rodney Gore is charged with accessory before the fact to a felony.

From left: Rodney Gore, James Bellamy and Stephon Miller