Deputies: Wayne County teen may not have been target of deadly 2015 shooting
Posted September 28, 2016
Dudley, N.C. — Wayne County authorities are offering rewards for information that may lead to an arrest in November death of a 15-year-old.
Deyelle Morrisey was a freshman in high school when he was shot to death in a quiet Wayne County neighborhood on Nov. 23.
Judy Boyle, who lived around the corner from Morrisey, remembers that day during Thanksgiving week well.
“That was a sad day, it really was,” she said. “That was very devastating, you know, because the child was just in my yard yesterday playing.”
Wayne County deputies said Morrisey died in the home he shared with his family on Rollingwood Drive in Dudley.
Witnesses told investigators that after shots rang out, they saw two men leaving the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala. Descriptions of the men were vague.
“A child was in his house. It should be safe and, of course, these people came there and shot him where he should be the safest,” said Tom Flores with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
With the Governor’s Office adding an offering $5,000 in reward money on Wednesday, the total offered for information that leads to an arrest is $12,000.
“We’re hoping there’s somebody out there with a conscious that will step forward,” Flores said.
Investigators believe the shooting was gang related but don’t believe Morriesy was in a gang and said he may not have been the intended target.
Flores said he is in touch with Morrisey’s family on a regular basis and they are desperate for answers and justice.