SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Months after their sons were murdered, two Sandhills mothers are frustrated Southern Pines police detectives have yet to make any arrests.
Rosie Daniels' son, Floyd Williams Jr., was murdered in June while mourning another friend who had been killed.
“I get up there and what do I see? Him. Laying on the ground. Uncovered. So that was even more devastating,” Daniels said.
In October, Helena White's son, Maurice, died in front of her at the hospital after he was shot at Leather Pockets Billiards in Southern Pines, N.C.
“He took his last breath,” White said. “It's something no one can ever imagine.”
This week, White told her story to the Southern Pines Town Council. The mothers call it a troubling trend. Including their sons, they said they've seen 10 Moore County murders since the beginning of summer.
"I'm just really, really upset because nobody's telling me nothing," White said.
The mothers say they have waited and waited for Southern Pines police to arrest someone. That day never came, and they now feel police are withholding information from the families.
“Those are the main stories the police is telling us. People are not credible witnesses and they don't want to testify," Daniels said.
“Other than that they're not giving us no kind of information,” White said.
As part of a two-page response to Time Warner Cable News’ request for comment, Southern Pines Police Chief Robert Temme said, “The investigations have been negatively impacted by the lack of cooperation from direct eyewitnesses and others who have information pertinent to the investigation.”
“It's cruelty to a family. Cruelty. When you know and you're not telling,” White said.
Both White and Daniels say the lack of answers leaves them feeling their sons cannot rest in peace.
RALEIGH- For the seventeenth year death penalty opponents sang, waved, and cheered outside Raleigh's Central Prison to wish all inmates a Merry Christmas. They moved their celebration to every side of the prison to ensure they could be heard by as many inmates as possible.
No visits are allowed on Christmas Day, when many guards are with their families. Organizers said that's the reason, and not their opinion on the death penalty, they feel compelled to show up every year. "They don't allow visitation on Christmas, so this is the visit. We come. We've been doing that now for 17 years," organizer Patrick O'Neill said.
Volunteer caroler Marsh Hardy explained, “It's just a way to spread Christmas cheer to those who probably feel it the least.”
About 100 Triangle residents took part in Wednesday's event.
FAYETTEVILLE -- A Fayetteville police officer is recovering from a head injury after police say an unlicensed driver hit his patrol car as he drove home from work.
About 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, department spokesperson Lt. Todd Joyce says Officer Garrett Chappman was turning left from Robeson Street onto Hay Street when 45-year-old Robert Bateman ran the red light and hit the passenger side of Chappman’s patrol car.
"They have their laptops. They have their printers in there. It appears the printer dislodged and struck him in the head during the impact," Joyce said.
Chappman's injury does not appear life threatening. Bateman was not arrested; however, he was cited for running a red light and driving without a license.