Man’s death ruled a homicide following car accident

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police are investigating the latest homicide but this one has a bizarre twist.

A man they thought had died in a car accident on July 7, was actually shot to death.

Police said 25-year-old Justin Langston’s best friend was on the phone with him just moments before he was shot in his car.

He then crashed into a utility police near Lemoyne-Owen College.

There were no witnesses which makes this homicide even harder to solve.

Family and friends told WREG they are having a hard time grasping what happened.

“I’m not. I’m not okay. That was my best friend.”

Langston was Will McCarty’s best friend for over a decade.

They were so close, they were more like brothers.

“I was with him the whole day. I dropped him off to go to the hospital so my daughter could be born.”

On July 7, McCarty was at the hospital while his wife was in labor.

Langston told him he was going to the casino and would call him later.

“I’m not an emotional person really, but this is the most I’ve cried since I lost my little sister.”

Police said they found an SUV smashed into a pole on walker.

Langston¬†was slumped over in the driver’s seat.

He later died at the hospital.

Detectives told us on Tuesday they later discovered a bullet wound and ruled his death a homicide.

McCarty said he thinks it was a robbery gone bad.

“Somebody knows something. Somebody knows who did this but they just aren’t telling nobody.”

This homicide brings the total in Memphis this year to 129.

If you can help officers, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.