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Police: Deaths at Mount Olive cemetery 'an isolated incident'

Posted September 15, 2009

— A cemetery in southern Wayne County turned into a crime scene when Mount Olive police found the bodies of two people who did not belong there.

Police Chief Ralph Schroeder said Tuesday that he's waiting reports from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the State Bureau of Investigation to determine exactly what happened to Martavia Shevon Royster, 16, of East Kornegay Street, and Tiqko King, 29, of East Nelson Street.

Police found their bodies in Carver Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Two found shot in Mount Olive cemetery Two found shot in Mount Olive cemetery

Schroeder said Royster had recently moved to Mount Olive and lived with her grandmother, less than two miles from the cemetery.

"Mount Olive is not that big an area or town, and we're pretty familiar with everyone in town," Schroeder said. "We did not recognize her."

Schroeder said the pair knew each other, and that they both died of gunshot wounds.

Although the case is still open, the chief said people who live nearby shouldn't be worried about their safety.

"We believe this is an isolated incident," he said. "At this point, I don't feel that there are any other suspects."


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  • discowhale Sep 16, 2009

    The story is sad, but the editor should have re-written the headline.

    It's too funny to have that story follow it.

    Uh, to the handwringer crowd, folks, it's the fault of the editor, not the READERS if we find the headlines funny or offbeat. It's the way THEY re written, not the way we are made.

  • Sidekick Sep 16, 2009

    In a week, two teenage girls that had to move in with their grandmother have been murdered. And the poor 15 year old was pregnant. And the second, 16, was hanging out with a 29 year old man. Sad upon sad.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 16, 2009

    “For those that claimed my comments were abuse.. NOT TRUE.” – FairPlay

    Welcome to WRAL.com. Whiner and ignorance capitol of the internet! Yes, the original headline could easily cause a chuckle.

    “Anytime someone's life is taken (which is murder) then it is not funny regardless where the murder occured.” – Professor

    Read the comment again! The comment was that the HEADLINE was kind of funny (which it was), not that a murder was funny.

  • Whatever Geez Sep 15, 2009

    Professor...they are still investigating it....

  • Professor Sep 15, 2009

    but the way the headline read made me chuckle.

    Anytime someone's life is taken (which is murder) then it is not funny regardless where the murder occured.

  • Professor Sep 15, 2009

    Evidence at the scene does not indicate that anyone else was there when the two died, police said, and there is no threat to the community.

    Are they saying this was a murder-suicide? I don't buy it. Someone kill these two young people.

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  • FairPlay Sep 15, 2009

    For those that claimed my comments were abuse.. NOT TRUE. I stated I felt for the families but the way the headline read made me chuckle.

  • Strong31 Sep 15, 2009

    fdawsonsavage- my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this terrible. I hope that the Medical Examiner can come up with some answers to why this has happened to your loved ones, this is really, really sad.

  • onetufteacher Sep 15, 2009

    You are exactly right. I admit that I chuckled about the poorly written headline; however, I should be more concious of how devastated this family must be,and how callous these comments must seem at this emotional time. Thanks to those of you who made me see the error of my ways. I offer my deepest condolences to these families.