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Stunned son struggles with Wilson mom's murder

Posted November 30, 2015

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— David Franzwa is struggling to understand how his mother, 55-year-old Donna Lynne Davis, ended up unconscious in a Wilson intersection Saturday night.

Police charged Albert Henry Jones III, 16, of 1102 Rountree Ave. with her murder, but did not say anything about how she died or what connection she might have had with her killer.

Franzwa heard the sirens Saturday night just before 10:00 as they whizzed by his home. He had no idea they were on the way to his mother, who had been attacked as she walked her dog and lay dying in the intersection of Vance Street and Maplewood Drive just blocks away. Police found the dog, Tricksie, sitting beside Davis' unconscious body.

"She walks that street every day to walk her little dog, and nobody's ever bothered her until now," Franzwa said. "I don’t understand why a kid would do that to someone."

According to police, EMS workers tried to revive Davis, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

"My heart sank when I found out it was murder," Franzwa said. "I'd have to say it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, identify my mother's body."

Franzwa is struggling to pull together the money to bury his mother and a Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with expenses. Her memorial service will be held on the one-year-anniversary of his father's death.  

He's grappling for a way to explain the senseless violence to his 11-year-old son.

He wants closure. He wants answers. And he wants to look his mother's killer in the face and ask one question.

"Just so I could rest peacefully tonight, I'd like to know why he decided to kill my mother," Franzwa said.

Jones was being held in the Wilson County jail without bond.

The Wilson Police Department is encouraging anyone with information regarding the case to contact them at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.


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  • Joseph Mallard Dec 2, 2015
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    You asked for it. Here is your exact quote....

    "Jacob do you know how many whites killed other whites last year? 84 percent is the answer since you don't know that. Whoa that's alot! So next time think before you post something you heard out of the handbook."

    You clearly stated that 84% of whites, killed other whites, last year. Consider yourself proven wrong. Of course you are going to say "that's not what I meant". Well no matter what you meant, it is what you said. Now, do you remember this other quote from you?

    "learn how to read because that is definitely not what I said."

    In fact, that is exactly what you said. Feel free to re-read your exact words, over and over again.

  • Brandy Decker Dec 1, 2015
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    Interesting that so many chose to post remarks about race rather than note that 104 people have thus far donated $4400 to help this young man honor his mother with a proper memorial. The majority of donations were, albeit small, made anonymously. I bet most did not know this woman or her son. They chose to honor this woman's memory rather than concentrate on the accused perpetrator. My heart goes out to her family.

  • Gary Christian Dec 1, 2015
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    And if I'm wrong correct me

  • Gary Christian Dec 1, 2015
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    Is that what you do? Or do you stick it in the eyes of your hood? ask one of the ladies in your group if that's what I do. Watch her smile!

  • Joseph Mallard Dec 1, 2015
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    Calm down junior. The pick was not there when the article was first written. WRAL goes for speed when writing a story. They don't much care for accuracy.

  • Tammy Rogers Nov 30, 2015
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    It's not a hate crime or any sort of racial war. I wholeheartedly feel this is random criminal activity. Probably robbery attempt. I live in Wilson and this is just how it is. These kids are being raised with no morality and ethics. They are taught to take whatever they want rather than earn it.

  • Tammy Rogers Nov 30, 2015
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    Just Wilson. I live here and unfortunately, it is not a safe place to live. I work downtown and everyday I fear walking to and from my car into my work building. It's not a good area where this occured. Even the good areas, in which my home is locate, is still subject to these criminals coming into. Wish I could leave this hell hole of a city.

  • Jacob Smith Nov 30, 2015
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    LOL, A race war?

    Go back to your cabin in the woods....

  • Tim Britton Nov 30, 2015
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    It is a hate crime, just like the Amanda Blackburn was a hate crime. We are just to politically correct to call it what it is. I feel for both families but when people that are suppose to be leaders in the black community are lining their pockets with race baiting and towing the democratic party line, they give the okay for these senseless acts of violence. America deserves better than what we have.

  • Sam Adams Nov 30, 2015
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    I wonder the same thing. Perhaps they are still gathering information on the case first? I hope so.