Community awaits answers after woman found dead in North Raleigh

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Six days after a young woman was found dead in North Raleigh, a community is still waiting for answers.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office will only say that what took place on Strickland Road on Saturday evening — nearly a week ago — is a death investigation. 

A small memorial sits at the corner of Carlswood Court and Strickland Road.

Neighbors said the victim’s family put it there. They drove from Charlotte, hoping to learn more about what happened to the young woman. 

“It was so sad. It really was. The sister was just crying, talking about how it was her sister who died,” neighbor Carolyn Gidney said.

Gidney and her husband, Robert said the family stopped by their home Tuesday. She said the young woman found dead was just 23-years-old.

The family told them the young woman lived in Greensboro and had no reason to be in Raleigh.

“They just wanted to know what was going on. They had talked to the police and the police wouldn’t tell them anything,” Carolyn said.

The Gidney’s were home at the time of the shooting and said they heard at least six gunshots. Carolyn Gidney went to the door to look outside. 

“There was a car parked across the street, headed down Carlswood Court with the lights still on, the headlights and everything,” Carolyn said.

First responders soon arrived. Someone was put into an ambulance and driven away. Police and deputies followed. 

“They had dogs out and they told us not to go out in the yard, stay in the house,” Robert Gidney said.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is handling the case but has been tight-lipped about what they’ve found. 

“Police assured us it was not a local event. But it was scary,” Carolyn Gidney said.

“We haven’t had anything like that in the neighborhood here ever since we’ve been here,” Robert Gibney said.

The Gibney’s have lived here for 20 years.

They are like so many in the community hoping for more information. 

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