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Reward offered in lawn mower death

Posted April 1, 2010

Northampton County investigators are hoping a reward will help generate leads in the case of a man who died after being attacked while riding his lawn mower.

Thomas Charles Watson, 58, of Garysburg, died Jan. 24, at Pitt Memorial Hospital, after he was attacked.

Watson, whom friends called "Kissie," was well-known in the small rural town of approximately 1,100 for getting around on his lawn mower and for cutting lawns, sometimes for free.

Family seeks answers in lawn mower death Family seeks answers in lawn mower death

He was on his way home on the evening of January 23, when, police believe, two men attacked him on Apple Street, breaking his back and neck.

The state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

"I believe there's a lot of people out there that know what's going on, what happened," Watson's daughter, Carita Watson, said Friday.


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  • wildcat Apr 2, 2010

    my condolences to his family. may the officers catch this scum soon.

  • jackieflash42 Apr 2, 2010

    I was actually shocked to read about this until I saw it was in North Hampton county. I've been up in there area many times and it's probably the most economically depressed area in the state. Not a lot to do there except get into trouble. You don't want to pass through there after dark that's for sure. Scary place that is full of crime, drugs, and anything else you can imagine. A sad story for sure.

  • hardwork919 Apr 2, 2010

    These guys had to be from out of town. You would think that in a place of just 1100 people, "everyone would know everyone" and they would've been caught already. Sad, man. Hopefully they find them and bring them to justice.

  • mad_dash Apr 2, 2010

    Im so sorry. I hope they catch the monsters who did that!

  • airbornemonty Apr 1, 2010

    What a cruel thing to do to a human being. But there is still hope with a community of 1100 people it shouldn't be too difficult to track the cowards.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 1, 2010

    That is terrible.

  • peaceout Apr 1, 2010

    I will never understand how people can be so evil.

  • Apotheosis Apr 1, 2010

    How sad...