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Neighbors mourn Granville County restaurant owner

Posted March 31, 2010
Updated April 1, 2010

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— The owner of Munching Marvin's Grille was found dead inside her restaurant in Granville County Wednesday afternoon, according to the Granville County sheriff.

A person delivering beer found the bodies of Susie Hale Gross, 50, and Daniel Tyson Matthews, 26, lying on the floor.

Two dead at Munching Marvin's Two dead at Munching Marvin's

A sheriff's office spokesman said Gross had run the eatery for more than two decades and that Matthews was her boyfriend. Authorities said it appeared Matthews shot Gross, then turned the gun on himself. 

Neighbors who knew Gross were effusive in their praise and memories of her.

"Susie was a very loving and caring person," said Patricia Flick, a long-time friend and one-time Marvin's employee. "She cared about the community, the neighborhood. She did what she could for people. All I know is that we've lost a good member of our community and I feel real sad for that."

Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr. shared the sentiment.

"It's just sad because you know all of them. You know the people there," he said. "You know now it's going to affect the community. It's sad for everyone. It's a sad day in the Berea community."

Matthews' mother shared that sadness. She was too distraught to speak on camera, but said she is very sorry about the tragedy that took place at Munching Marvin's.

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  • carolinarox Apr 1, 2010

    Awww, praying for those who loved them, and praying the authorities catch the perp quick. Rev. RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman

    Umm, I believe the "perp" shot himself.

  • manofjustice Apr 1, 2010

    WRAL keeps changing their reporting stories. Am I the only smart person on here that sees this. I love being a jenius.

  • smokeycurrin Apr 1, 2010

    Susie has been my friend for 30 years.I love you and will miss you.

  • BubbaDuke Apr 1, 2010

    Very sad, very unnecessary.

  • jmarkhams24 Mar 31, 2010

    Susie was an incredibly funny, caring and loveable person that will be missed terribly. Rest in Peace my beautiful friend. Your smile and laughter will be in our hearts forever. You did not deserve this my sweet friend.

  • sflirtingwith40 Mar 31, 2010

    My thoughts and prayers are w/ Susie & her family. They were the nicest ppl and had the best food around.

  • Krzyzewskiectomy Mar 31, 2010

    I found this on another site:
    GRANVILLE COUNTY (WTVD) -- Authorities in Granville County say two people were found dead Wednesday at a restaurant in Berea.

    It happened at Munchin Marvins on Hwy 158 near Oxford.

    A delivery person discovered the bodies of a man and a woman on the floor of the eatery. They had both been shot.

    Detectives said Suzy Gross - the owner of Munching Marvins - was shot by her boyfriend Daniel Matthews. They lived together in a house next to the business. Matthews was in his 20s, Gross was in her early 50s.

    Matthews apparently shot Gross then went outside and shot himself.

    Their bodies have been taken to the Medical Examiners office in Chapel Hill.

    The restaurant was not open when it happened.

  • Krzyzewskiectomy Mar 31, 2010

    I am wondering as well. I have been coming back all day hoping that they add details to the story.

  • justcommonsense Mar 31, 2010

    oh my.....I live about 4 miles up the road from them in Person county. This is just so hard to take in...such nice people and seemingly so happy. I have a very hard time accepting the murder-suicide story...and why in the restaurant? Why not in their home right behind the restaurant. I may be wrong but it sounds fishy to me...they just seemed too full of life for this.

    My prayers to the family

  • mama k Mar 31, 2010

    So, sad!!! Can't believe this, they are such sweet and seemingly happy people! Guess things aren't always what they seem. Prayers for their family!

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