Police say woman and girl found dead in Wendell are tied to killing of Raleigh man

Ashad Hajela, Virginia Bridges, Julian Shen-Berro
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One of two people found dead in a Wendell home Tuesday is the suspect in the killing of a 48-year-old Raleigh man found that morning, police say.

Larry “Donnie” Donnell Morrisey, who worked for the Chapel Hill Fire Department, was found dead in his home on Marsh Hollow Drive, according to a police incident report. He died sometime between Sunday and Tuesday, according to the report.

Officers responded to the home at 11:51 a.m. Tuesday after getting a 911 call. The investigation took the Raleigh and Wendell police departments to a home in the 400 Block of North Cypress Street, a release from the Wendell Police Department stated.

Police got a search warrant and found Beronica Brooks, 48, and a 9-year-old girl dead inside the house, according to the release.

“We are heartbroken over the loss of our brother Larry Donnell ‘Donnie’ Morrisey,” the Chapel Hill Fire Department said in a Tweet.
“We are heartbroken over the loss of our brother Larry Donnell ‘Donnie’ Morrisey,” the Chapel Hill Fire Department said in a Tweet.

‘Something is not right,’ said man’s sister

Morrisey’s sister, Chanell Dora, said she is struggling with the loss of her brother.

“I am taking this very hard,” she said.

On Tuesday Morrisey’s cousin told a family member he had been trying to contact her brother since Saturday.

“I was like, something is not right,” said Dora, 50, of Fayetteville. “Something is not right.”

Family members went to his home but couldn’t get in, Dora said. She called the fire department, and officials said he had not signed in to work.

“When they said that, I kind of figured something had happened,” she said.

That’s when she told her mother to have her aunt call the police, Dora said.

Brooks, who police are investigating as a suspect, had a nine-year-old daughter who was not related to Morrissey, Dora said.

A person who called 911 said they hadn’t heard from Morrisey for four days, according to a copy of the call released Wednesday.

The caller said they left notes outside his door. The caller called his place of work and was told he had not been to work and that this was not like him. “No family can get in touch with him,” said the caller.

The caller said Morrisey was involved in some kind of dispute but did not mention any details during the call.

Valued member of Chapel Hill Fire Department

Retired Chapel Hill Fire Chief Dan Jones tweeted that Morrisey was a valued member of the fire department family.

Morissey began working as a Chapel Hill firefighter in 2006, progressed to master firefighter and into the Life Safety Division in 2017, and most recently was working as a fire inspector, the Fire Department said in a tweet.

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