Neighbors remember woman killed in 6th Rocky Mount homicide this year

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — Danny Allen recalls what he heard early Saturday morning across from his home on Windsor Drive in Rocky Mount. 

“You heard a gunshot,” Allen said. “It sounded like a car. It happened so quick, and pow. You hear the car speed off. So, I was like it must be somebody’s car.” 

Rocky Mount Police responded to a Shot Spotter activation call at a home on Windsor Drive just before 1 a.m. Saturday where they found Sandra Faye Epps, 65, dead. 

Tyquon Marquese Draughn, 21, was booked into the Edgecombe County Detention Center and faces charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Officers said Epps and Draughn didn’t know each other, and it’s unknown if Epps was targeted. 

Neighbors living on Windsor Drive told CBS 17 Epps was beloved throughout the community. 

“She loved the kids,” another neighbor said. “To lose somebody that you got close to know, it’s kind of hurting. It hurts, but you’ve just got to keep living.”

Rocky Mount police said this is the sixth homicide case so far in 2019. All six are unrelated cases.

In 2018, officers said there were 11 homicide cases in total for all of that year. 

Allen said the numbers so far for 2019 aren’t typical for Rocky Mount, after living there all of his life. 

“When I go to work, I have people coming to me saying ‘hey, have you heard such and such’,” he said. “This has been the first I’d actually heard or actually witnessed something that happened right here in Rocky Mount.”

Meanwhile, Allen and his family are moving forward. 

“It’s very rare that you would have something like this happen right here, right across the street,” Allen said. 

Anyone with information about the homicide case is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at (252) 972-1411.

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