Police in Morganton have issued warrants for a man after his girlfriend, her son and a family friend were found dead inside a home early Sunday morning
The police chief says 56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid is already in protective custody and will be served with warrants in a few days.
He's accused in the deaths of Barbara Ann Johnson, her son Freddie Thompson, and family friend Zakiya Bey.
Thompson was mentally disabled.
Morganton Public Safety Officers and the State Bureau of Investigation responded to the 400 block of West Concord Street in Morganton early Sunday morning. They were checking on the welfare of the residents when they discovered the bodies.
On Monday, police said this triple homicide was not random. Instead they are labeling it a domestic case. According to police, Kincaid is the boyfriend of Barbara Johnson.
Police say all three died from apparent blunt force trauma.
Monday morning, state investigators were still on scene collecting evidence nearly 24 hours later.
Autopsies are scheduled for later this week.
Officers spent the day Sunday looking for clues and talking to neighbors. Relatives say they are shocked this happened. They say Thompson considered everyone his friend.
"He's the sunshine," Johnson's sister, Adrian Avery, said. "He's the joy of everybody's life, never bothered anybody. Never harmed anybody."
Avery says the same about her sister, Barbara Johnson.
"My sister never harmed anybody," Avery said. "Never had a mean spirit in her body. It's devastating. We don't know what to think or why this happened."
The landlord tells WBTV that Johnson moved into the house with her son and fiance about two months ago.
"I am just shocked," landlord Beverly Foster said. "They seem to be a nice, quiet, happy couple."
Zakiya Bey's friend, Delores Mack, said she heard about the deaths while she was at church.
"I received a telephone call that one of my very best friends," Mack said. "Had been shot to death."
While family members wait for answers they have learned not to take family time for granted.
"I just want everybody to be closer," the sister said. "Stay in closer contact because things like this happen. You just have a lot of wishes and regrets. I wish I would have talked to her. I wish I would have talked to her on her birthday."
Johnson just celebrated her birthday on July 30th.
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