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Two found dead in Fuquay-Varina home

Posted July 19, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014

— The bodies of two people were found inside a Fuquay-Varina home Saturday afternoon, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. 

Arthur Brown, 78, and David McKoy, 66, were found shot to death at 236 Howard Road.

The two men were discovered after Ruby Bullock, Brown's sister-in-law, was asked check on Arthur Brown after his wife, Marion, couldn't reach him by phone.

Bullock said the home's front glass sliding door had been shattered and it appeared they had been robbed.

She found Arthur Brown dead in a bedroom.

"I was in a state of shock. I was yelling," Bullock said.

Bullock yelled for her nephew, Carl Diggs, who lives across the street from the home.

"When I went back there and saw my uncle, he wasn't breathing, he wasn't responding," Diggs said. 

Diggs then went into another bedroom, where he found McKoy's body.

"It looked like someone shot him in his sleep," he said.

Diggs said his uncle, during their last conversation on Thursday, mentioned that his home's security cameras were disconnected and turned skyward.

"(As if) somebody who was out here might be casing the area or casing the house," Diggs said.

Investigators with the Wake County Sheriff's Office have said little about the case. They have classified the incident as a death investigation.

The two victims lived together and worked at A.L. Brown Cement. Arthur Brown founded the company and, family members said, reached out to McKoy, giving him a job and a place to stay. 

Marion Brown described her husband as a "hard-working man," who helped other men who needed guidance.

"He's going to be missed. He was a big-hearted person," Bullock said of her brother-in-law.


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  • Pepe Silvia Jul 22, 2014

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    Agreed. As a Fuquay resident, I'm very interested in this case.

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 22, 2014

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    Of course they didn't stop and think... people who did wouldn't have made those comments.

  • passport Jul 22, 2014

    Why are there no recent updates to this story? I would think that this case would warrant more WRAL coverage than it is currently receiving.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jul 21, 2014

    @lightfoot and @polara, did you ever stop to think that the cops don't have the info we read in the article prior to getting there? Maybe they got "family called, two people are shot dead in the home". They don't know if someone is still there, still presenting a danger, nothing. They know there are dead people with bullet holes in them. All the reasons you say the should slow down for aren't yet known

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 21, 2014

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    Maybe they think that the murderer might still be in the area?

  • Cabe Merritt Jul 21, 2014
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    Fuquay Varina is a bad place to live anymore.

  • lilloan Jul 21, 2014

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    I hope you're right about no one else being in danger. Until I hear an update to that tune, I'm still going to clear my shed and garage with shotgun in hand!

  • packfan1752 Jul 21, 2014

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    It is an investigation, to provide anyone any evidence just a couple days after it happened is irresponsible.

    Put 2 and 2 together...clearly someone knew these men and planned this out. This was not a random robbery or murder. You do not commit a burglary in the middle of the day, knowing people are home on a semi-busy street. Also, how convenient that the wife was out of the house, as if the killer did not want to involve her.

    This was not random, no one else is in danger.

  • T-ONE Jul 21, 2014

    The nephew lived across the street. He hadn't seen his uncle for two days and didn't check on him. He didn't hear any gun shots or glass being broken! I will stay tuned to this one.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 21, 2014

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    Agreed, these occurs all the time. Why put people in danger to write a report and start an investigation?