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After car-train collision, family victimized again

Posted September 19, 2008

— Authorities have an idea who robbed the home of a couple killed in a collision with a locomotive last month.

Brannon Worth Brady, 25, and Crystal Lee Higgins, 22, died Aug. 29 while trying to cross the railroad tracks at Herring Road. Their son, Sklyar, died at WakeMed the next day.

Less than three weeks after the wreck, Ricky Brady discovered someone had robbed his son's home. Brannon Brady lived there with Higgins and their infant son.

Lt. Jeff Caldwell, of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, said someone apparently disabled the motion-sensor lights outside the home and entered through a back door. The thief took almost $2,000 worth of electronics.

Caldwell said police believe the burglar knew the couple, and knew of their recent death.

Landlord Elbert Fitzgerald said that break-ins have been a problem lately. He suspects this robbery is the work of thieves who have repeatedly targeted homes on Herring Road.

Caldwell said deputies have "persons of interest" in the case and that the investigation is ongoing.

His colleagues are motivated to catch the thief.

"To believe that someone would prey upon a family that's been through so much already, ... it sparks a special interest in the sheriff's office," Caldwell said.


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  • my2boys Sep 19, 2008

    Wow. I can't even imagine what kind of person would try to personally profit from this tragedy. Wow. I think I threw up a little in my mouth.

  • xchief661 Sep 19, 2008

    I can't imagine any one that low could sleep at night. Why is it that when I think people can't shock me anymore I read things like this and It just blows me away. Thats lower than a snake!!!!!!!!!

  • Tired Of Excuses Sep 19, 2008

    I've heard of things like this happening. The lengths some people will stoop to take advantage of others. I hope they catch the person(s) who did this.

  • All child molesters should die Sep 19, 2008

    celticsubnoize, I like your way of thinking. I really wish that would happen, too.

    How can anybody do something so horrible!!?


  • celticsubnoize Sep 19, 2008

    as a friend of brannon i have this to say:

    when they find out who it was that broke into the house, just let the family and friends know. we will take care of them. there is no need to spend more tax dollars on sentencing and housing them in prison. just let us handle it...

  • bbad238 Sep 19, 2008

    I'll be happy when the low life that did this is caught and off the streets. I don't know how anyone could be so disrespectful! So sad.

  • raleigh rebel Sep 19, 2008

    My thoughts and real true comments could not be printed but I would like to be alone with this person(s) for 15 minutes. They would not want to take someones property ever again, that is if they were able to do so.

  • san4short Sep 19, 2008

    That is just unbelievable! I hope they catch those jerks (of course I have to sensor myself from what I would really like to call them), but I'm sure you are all in agreement of what low lifes they really are!

    My prayers are with the families. The loss of their love ones is more tragic of course and I hope they have friends and family there to comfort them during this very difficult time.

  • headlong Sep 19, 2008

    This is just disgusting to no end...more the disrespectful

    Thoughts and Prayers to the Families!!!

  • Arkansas Razorback Sep 19, 2008

    People seem to have no shame these days.