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Autopsy: Group home worker beaten to death

Posted May 7, 2009

— A direct-care worker at the Dickens Drive Group Home was beaten to death, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

A co-worker found Rebecca Ezeoha Thompkins, 44, face-down and covered with blood in a bathtub at the home for mentally disabled patients on March 27. Another counselor and six residents were present at that time.

An autopsy found that Thompkins had a fractured skull, a deep cut on the left side of her face and broken bones in her neck.

"Death is most likely due to blunt force injury to the head. It would be unusual to have sustained these injuries from an accidental fall," the autopsy report said.

Raleigh police searched the home at 113 Dickens Drive and a Volvo 940 and Chevrolet van belonging to Thompkins' boyfriend and obtained blood and other evidence from the co-worker, six residents and the boyfriend.

Police haven't commented on a possible motive or any suspects, but Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said Thursday that the case remains under investigation.


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  • time4real May 7, 2009

    what a way to go!

  • bronzegoddess40 May 7, 2009

    kadee123, I am asking the same question. This seems like a very vicious attack and for no one to hear or know about this is crazy and highly unlikely. I know that someone knows what happened.

  • nonemeant May 7, 2009

    Can somebody tell me how all this vicious attack can be going on with another co worker and group home residents around the house and no body can explain what happened????