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Parents killed in shooting near Garner

Posted January 5, 2013

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person who killed a husband and wife, orphaning their two children. 

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Jose Samual Flores Mendoza and Maria Saravia Mendoza, both 34, were shot at their home at 708 Colonial Drive, in a part of the county near Garner.

The Mendozas both worked at Golden Corral in south Raleigh and were the parents of two children. The youngest, a 3-year-old boy, was home at the time of the attack. Their 12-year-old was not present. Both were being cared for Saturday by other family members.

Harrison said his investigators did not think either of the Mendozas was responsible for the shooting, and that authorities were looking for the person who did.

"It's a tough one, but we are putting the pieces together," Harrison said.

"It's very important that if somebody happened to be passing by here anytime and saw something that didn't look right, it may be the piece of the puzzle that we're looking for," he said.

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  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jan 10, 2013

    I see in another article that Golden Corral is raising money for the family. It's great with the community comes together when bad things happen. And it's too bad that we're so divided as a society that it takes evil to bring us together.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 7, 2013

    for the person who killed a husband and wife,

    What a tragedy and a child left with no parents. Hopefully the officers will find the killers asap and put them behind bars for life. I do hope the child is place in a loving and careing home. A family home would be excellent.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 7, 2013

    Yeah, headline needs a bit of touching up. Makes you think the kid(s) did it. Sad for the children and rest of the family and friends

  • SportsLover75 Jan 7, 2013

    So very sad. Prayers for the children and the rest of their family and friends.

  • WhatWereOnceVicesAreNowHabits Jan 7, 2013

    Why is it "Parents Killed" in the headline, then "Husband and Wife" in the story,,, Makes it sound like they were killed by their Children?