Neighbors mourn Granville County restaurant owner
Posted March 31, 2010 3:12 p.m. EDT
Updated April 1, 2010 5:25 a.m. EDT
Oxford, N.C. — The owner of Munching Marvin's Grille was found dead inside her restaurant in Granville County Wednesday afternoon, according to the Granville County sheriff.
A person delivering beer found the bodies of Susie Hale Gross, 50, and Daniel Tyson Matthews, 26, lying on the floor.
A sheriff's office spokesman said Gross had run the eatery for more than two decades and that Matthews was her boyfriend. Authorities said it appeared Matthews shot Gross, then turned the gun on himself.
Neighbors who knew Gross were effusive in their praise and memories of her.
"Susie was a very loving and caring person," said Patricia Flick, a long-time friend and one-time Marvin's employee. "She cared about the community, the neighborhood. She did what she could for people. All I know is that we've lost a good member of our community and I feel real sad for that."
Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr. shared the sentiment.
"It's just sad because you know all of them. You know the people there," he said. "You know now it's going to affect the community. It's sad for everyone. It's a sad day in the Berea community."
Matthews' mother shared that sadness. She was too distraught to speak on camera, but said she is very sorry about the tragedy that took place at Munching Marvin's.