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Hoke man stabbed to death in home

Posted March 4, 2011
Updated April 21, 2011

— Relatives said Friday that a 59-year-old Hoke County man was dead of an apparent stabbing in the home where he lived alone.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin said that Roy Murchison’s death was an apparent homicide.

Murchinson’s brother went to check on him Friday morning at his home in Pilgrim Park Mobile Home Park, off Hobson Road, between Fayetteville and Raeford. He couldn't get the door open and had to force his way in, then found Murchison's body and called 911.

Murchison left behind three daughters and a grandson.

"He was a very helpful person, and I hope that he's resting in peace right now," his 16-year-old grandson, Timothy Fox, said.

Fox said he was at school when he got the news.

"My grandma came to get me. That's when she said, 'They found your granddad dead,'" Fox said.

Timothy Fox, Roy Murchison's grandson Hoke teen mourns slain grandfather

Fox remembered his grandfather as a generous person.

"If you were cold, he'd give you the shirt off his back," he said.

Murchison was the oldest of nine children.

"He was a hard worker. He worked until his health failed," his sister Beatrice Fowler said.

Due to his health, Murchison was on disability.

"He did get a check at the first of the month. It could have been a robbery," Fowler speculated.

Authorities have not released more details of the case.


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  • NCHighlander Mar 4, 2011

    "Have you never done anything wrong in yours?"
    Sure I have and so has everyone else. Few of us have a lifetime of crime posted on a DOC Offender Search web site. I'm not judging him. I'm just reading the record. You decide what you think of living a life of crime.

  • Lyle Mar 4, 2011

    I can't wait to move out of this savage state. What a slaughterhouse NC is. It's likely just as bad elsewhere though. Four more weeks.

  • rebecca7 Mar 4, 2011

    It really doesn't matter what this man had done in his life. Have you never done anything wrong in yours?? His loss of life was pointless... and the family deserves some prayers and compassion right now. He's gone. His family is still here to grief and read your posts.

  • chclt4lf2002 Mar 4, 2011

    My prayers go out to this family, very sad situation.

  • NCHighlander Mar 4, 2011

    Not trying to be cold hearted but WRAL may want to do a little research on these victims before posting a "somebodies poor grandad was murdered."

  • NCHighlander Mar 4, 2011

    Hey callmegorgeous,
    Do a search of the victim on the NC Dept of Corrections web site and then it may not seem so crazy.

  • NCHighlander Mar 4, 2011

    Check the NC Dept of Corrections Offender Search. You find some interesting stuff!

  • rebecca7 Mar 4, 2011

    Very sad. I agree, Lelilahk2000... I hope they catch them too.

  • callmegorgeous Mar 4, 2011

    IKR, its getting Krazy out here, what is the world coming to? You don't know what to expect these days, even Kids killing parents,and parents killing there kiz.. SO serious!!!SMH..
    News getting depressing these days..

  • delilahk2000 Mar 4, 2011