Home invasion kills beloved grandmother, church member: North Carolina cops
A beloved 80-year-old grandmother was killed in a home invasion, a tragedy that rocked her church and her neighborhood in North Carolina, media reported.
Nancy Horton was a “staple” in her community and a devoted grandmother, her pastor told ABC11, the media partner of The News & Observer.
But when Horton stopped taking calls, her family became concerned and went to see her. The 80-year-old woman was found dead in her Roxboro home on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Person County Sheriff’s Office told WNCN and other news outlets.
Now a 39-year-old woman is charged with murder in her death. MPs in a press release did not share a lawyer for the man, identified as Roger Letroy Wilkerson.
A child is also facing a juvenile murder case, officials said.
“It’s so tragic,” Pastor Mike Whitt told WRAL. “We can’t wrap our minds around this. We are still in shock trying to put the pieces back together.
Horton – nicknamed ‘Nan’ – is remembered in the news as a talented cook and longtime member of Whitt’s New Life Independent Baptist Church in Hurdle Mills, around 25 miles northwest of Durham.
Phillip Reams told ABC11 he was Horton’s neighbor and often saw her doing yard work. He said she was “sweet, kind and gentle like anyone you’ve ever seen”.
The deputies in their press release did not say how Horton died, but told WRAL that his car was stolen and later found. Other car burglaries have been reported in the area, although authorities have not determined whether they were linked to the homicide, the television network reported.
After the 80-year-old was found dead, deputies said they executed search warrants at the home of 39-year-old suspect Wilkerson. While there, they reportedly uncovered evidence that linked him to the homicide case.
Wilkerson, who was already “out on bail for breaking and entering early last year,” was arrested on additional charges, police said. He was “being held without bond for the murder charge and a combined total of $500,000.00 bail for the other offences,” officials said.
The Person County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately share additional information with McClatchy News on September 22.
This story was originally published September 22, 2022 11:18 a.m.