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Family calls for justice for slain Fuquay-Varina woman

Posted March 31, 2011
Updated April 1, 2011

— More than 100 people gathered on Lawrence Street in Fuquay-Varina Thursday night to call for justice for a woman whose body was found in a ditch there earlier this week. 

Police said they are investigating the death of Sandra Denise Thomas, 41, as a homicide. The cause of her death has not been determined.

"This was a malicious killing, and it has to stop," her friend Ebony Banks said.

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Jones was among the mourners who gathered to remember Thomas' life at the spot where her body was found. They sang, cried, lit candles and left flowers and stuffed animals at a memorial.

"She was an angel in disguise really," Thomas' cousin Tommy Davis said. "She came into the room and lit the room up."

Thomas left behind a 10-year-old son, Davis said.

Family members said they just want to know why Thomas died.

"We are still waiting," her cousin Geraldine Jones said. "It's hard. Not knowing is the hard part."

"Justice needs to be served. Justice needs to be done," Banks said. "A life is not yours to take."


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  • Th3 Postm4n Apr 1, 2011

    They haven't determined the actual cause of death, but she had been stabbed multiple times.

  • Veronica Corningstone Apr 1, 2011

    How does everybody know she was murdered when the cause of death hasn't even been determined yet?

  • purplecrossbutterfly Apr 1, 2011

    My heart is full of sadness for this little boy who is now left without a mother. I pray that they find the person who did this and that justice will be served. Please keep this young man and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

  • MitziGaynor Apr 1, 2011

    ...and again, I don't understand people. I just can't imagine taking a persons life, dumping them and leaving them there alone to die. Or what just happened in Fayetteville with the father and his child getting shot? What is wrong with people? So jaded, so ignorant to resect human life, no fear of consequences.

    To the family, you will get your answers, let the investigators do their jobs, so there are no loose ends.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Apr 1, 2011

    I'm sure they are upset but this is not tv and it won't be solved in an hour, less with commercials. It may take some time. I hope they find the murdering scum.

  • tritonlm6 Apr 1, 2011

    Seriously. You gotta wonder. Robbery? Jealous boyfriend? Random? There are some real monsters out there.

  • gmuny33 Apr 1, 2011

    What is going on with people these days? The crime in itself is the worse, but the way people are found only makes your heart go out more. With what's been happeningin Wake Co. during the fall and winter, hopefully it won't follow the usual trends of summer.

  • Diamond2010 Apr 1, 2011

    My heart and prayers are with the family & friends, especially her 10 yr old son. Some monster left him motherless! I pray they find out what happen to her and justic is served.

  • beffie1963 Apr 1, 2011

    Ms. Thomas' son is in my grandson's class at school. This is so tragic. I pray God will ease the suffering and sadness of all those who loved her so much.

  • Twittyfan Apr 1, 2011

    How sad.. Thoughts and prayers to the family and especially the child left behind.. She looks so sweet and full of life...