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Granville family suffers second tragedy in a week

Posted April 6, 2010

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— A fatal car crash that claimed the life of a Pennsylvania man Monday in Granville County is the second tragedy to strike the same family.

Stephen Richard Spencer, 25, of 1317 E. 8th St. in Erie, was the stepson of restaurant owner Susie Gross.

Gross, 50, who owned Munching Marvin's in Berea, was the victim of a murder-suicide last week, Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr. said. She was divorced from Spencer's father at the time of her death.

Spencer was driving on N.C. Highway 1139 west of Stem just after midnight Monday when his vehicle went off the left side of the road and hit a tree, according to the state Highway Patrol. He was the only person in the car at the time. Authorities said he appeared to have been speeding and was not wearing a seat belt.


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  • mjlt3 Apr 7, 2010

    sad, always tell family member how much you care because we dont know when it might be our last time saying "good-bye"!

  • batricia1 Apr 7, 2010

    If he was from out of state Enon Road can be dangerous in that area if your going 55 and dont know the road

  • cth1 Apr 7, 2010

    So sad!!! Prayers for the family!! I can't imagine losing 2 loved ones only a week apart!!

  • 007KnightRider Apr 7, 2010

    So sad. Attending one family members funeral is enough but having to do it all over again within a weeks time is so emotionally hard on a family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Get-a-Grip Apr 7, 2010

    Some people on here can be SO crass...

    "ImBored" ~ If you DON'T care, don't read! And PLEASE do NOT comment...How rude!!!!

    My prayers go to the family who has to deal with these tragic events all at once.

  • BubbaDuke Apr 7, 2010

    I think he came to pay his respects at the funeral. Nothing more. Prayers for the families involved.

  • lizard Apr 6, 2010

    Could be a suicide. Depressed about his step mom's death.