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Man arrested in Maryland before bodies found in Fayetteville home

Posted November 15, 2010

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— A man suspected of killing his mother and grandmother in Fayetteville this weekend was arrested in Maryland on unrelated charges hours before the women's bodies were found, police said Monday.

Fayetteville police have charged Tarae "Ray Ray" Lamont Mosby, 29, with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

Relatives found the bodies of Karen Mosby, 47, and Betty Pettigrew, 69, at 6443 Brookshire Road around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. They appeared to have been shot, police said, but investigators haven't determined a motive for the slayings.

Tarae Mosby's cousin called 911 to report finding the bodies. He told a dispatcher that he and his mother hadn't spoken with family members for a few days and stopped by to check on them.

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"My grandmother's not waking up, and my aunt is on the floor with blood," he told the dispatcher.

Tarae Mosby recently moved to Fayetteville from the Baltimore area, but it was unclear if he was living with his mother and grandmother.

Neighbor Richard Copeland said four or five people lived in the house, and he said he never noticed any problems.

"They lived there for about six months. They just moved here from another state," Copeland said.

Mosby was arrested at about 1 a.m. Sunday in Morningside, Md., on a weapons charge, Fayetteville police spokesman Dan Grubb said. He was driving the Nissan Sentra that police said had been stolen from the home in Fayetteville.

"When he was pulled over, the officers noticed some ammunition and some weapons that he should not have been in possession of, and that's what originally landed him in jail," Grubb said. "That actually happened about eight or nine hours before we discovered the bodies here in Fayetteville."

Mosby had a high-powered rifle in the car, but police haven't said whether that was the murder weapon.

He was being held in the Prince George’s County jail under a $10,000 bond. Fayetteville police were working Monday to extradite him to North Carolina.

In October 1999, police said, Mosby was behind the wheel in a head-on collision on Country Club Drive in Fayetteville in which his sister was killed.

"How that relates to this case, I'm not sure that it even does," Grubb said.


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  • judy4u2002 Nov 16, 2010

    This guy has totally destroyed everyone in his immediate family. I wonder where did things go wrong. The down hill spiral must have began in 1999, when he caused the accident that killed his sister. A lot of young people take driving for granted. They need to understand the price you pay for being careless. Carefree days can be changed in the blink of an eye just as this guy's life was changed.

  • bronzegoddess40 Nov 16, 2010

    simmian72, you are talking about going back to the old days and segregating the races by county etc.. then maybe you should choose to live between the monsters who killed Zhara Baker and the young teenage murderers of Matthew Silliman then maybe you would be very happy living with them.

  • we_all_have_it_coming Nov 16, 2010

    See what has become of the "be everything to all people" mentality?

    We are getting what we asked for. we will continue to pay this price for decades to come.

    when you let anything fly (criminals are people too... and they deserve to be treated with love and respect)this is what you get.

    Get the rope and chair back.

    (Oooo no... here they come... the anti-death supporters).
    You are to blame.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 16, 2010

    What in the world. People are just letting evil take over them left and right....I dont understand. And I guess if I do, I would be more like them than I want to be.

  • jonesd02 Nov 15, 2010

    Sick, sick, sick. Black or white has nothing to do with being a sick maniac. That's it's own race of people.

  • mulecitybabe Nov 15, 2010

    I'm not sure why souljp1 is allowed to make racist statements about whites and it's ok. There is ignorance in all races, and I think souljp1 is just as racist as the guy whose comment was apparently deleted.

    But back to the story. RayRay needs to never see the light of day again, if convicted. I know everybody's mom and grandmom aren't exactly loving and nurturing, but a grown man should be able to move on with his life if they weren't there for him, not kill them. And if his family disowned him after his sister was killed, it's probably because they knew he was doing something he shouldn't have been when it happened.

  • simmian72 Nov 15, 2010

    thats the problem wildcat. people just accept the fact that this is a new world of violence. The old days need to come back!!!

  • ajfuddermukker Nov 15, 2010

    It takes a pretty cold hearted animal that would Kill it's own mother and grandmother!

    Animals like this should not even be afforded the luxury of having a lawyer to represent them.

    Only three words can be said about this animal: "Get a rope"

  • wildcat Nov 15, 2010


  • wildcat Nov 15, 2010


    We are in newer times. The old days are really gone. Sorry.