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Autopsy confirms woman was stabbed

Posted November 23, 2010

— An autopsy confirms that a Durham schools worker killed while visiting her mother in Roanoke Rapids was stabbed to death.

Nancy Burgess, 65, and her mother, Maxine McCrary, 92, were found May 8 in McCrary's home at 311 U.S. Highway 158, Roanoke Rapid Police Chief Jeff Hinton said. 

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, of 325 U.S. Highway 158.

Gorham told investigators that he took $200 from McCrary and stabbed the women with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.

Burgess was the budget secretary at Carrington Middle School in Durham, spokesman Michael Yarborough said. She had been with Durham Public Schools for more than 25 years. She was visiting her mother for Mother's Day.


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  • rebecca7 Nov 24, 2010

    STRONGLY AGREE, Kebsmom!

  • Unknown Caller Nov 24, 2010

    I like the "Escape from New York" idea. Ship them all to an island location where they have no hope of escaping. Provide them with basic food supplies and let them sort it all out for themselves.If they manage to build a way to get off the island, sink it and let mother nature run her course. Give anyone who feels pity for them the opportunity to live with them. They don't want to live by our societies rules. Let them have their own society and do as they please. We just wont let them back into ours.

  • airbornemonty Nov 24, 2010

    To bring up race in a murder case is foolish thinking. This man murdered two innocent women that befriended him.

    Shoot, I'll start the syringes going myself if the state is afraid to do it.

  • jbarron4950 Nov 24, 2010

    Color has no place here. If the races were reversed I would still feel as strongly about this. These 2 ladies deserved to live the remainder of their lives in peace and for $200 their lives were taken from them. I don't care what color any of them are justice needs to be served.....kebsmom

    I'm Black and I TOTALLY agree. This is another in a long line of senseless murders. Whenever I hear of something like this, I can't help but think about Eve Carson. The killers already had the money and would have eventually been caught. They only compounded the crime by taking the lives of productive citizens who in no way deserved their fate. The death penalty is very appropriate in this case. It's just really sad that Eve Carson's murderers didn't get the death penalty.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Nov 24, 2010

    @ tuckersmybaby -- well put! I don't get why people who are sentenced to death anyways just sit around and hang out in jail for a bunch of years. I wonder how much money our state would save if we just got rid of them the week after they are sentenced.

  • devilblue Nov 24, 2010

    He had been to the mothers house many times to borrow the telephone. They knew who he was and he took advantage of their kindness by murdering them with hopes there was more cash. It was planned and calculated. Blow him away!

  • tuckersmybaby Nov 24, 2010

    Here we go again... more tax money well spent. Death penalty in this state is more like welfare. We, taxpayers, just support these murderers for the rest of their life. Its time for real justice... start carrying out the real "death" penalty. Those ladies didn't get an option to live..why should the killer get the option?..

  • didisaythat Nov 24, 2010


    The statistics can be used to make either point. Everyone talks about looking at each incident seperately when it favors them and then told to look at the group when it favors them. Are you saying that just because he is black and the victims were white he should Not be put to death? Isn't that the same reason why you are stating this "statistic", just in the reverse?

  • wralgolo2 Nov 24, 2010

    Time to bring back swift justice. No need to let them sit on death row for years. Convict them and take them out back with a rope.

  • americangirl Nov 24, 2010

    This truly is not at race thing at all, I too would feel the same way not matter race or color! No one should be killed four $200.