Investigation continues into double homicide near Garner

Couple found shot; child, 3, unharmed

aspecht@newsobserver.comJanuary 6, 2013 

— The Wake County Sheriff’s Office was tight-lipped Sunday on its investigation into a double homicide reported Saturday at a small townhome just outside Garner.

Jose Samuel Flores Mendoza and Maria Saravia Mendoza, both 34, were found dead from gunshot wounds in their home at 708 Colonial Drive about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The couple have two children, ages 3 and 12.

The 3-year-old was at the home during the crime. Police say the children are with family members.

Sheriff’s deputies have released no more information about the incident. And a recording of a neighbor’s 911 call released by the sheriff provides little insight.

“I was lying here, and all of a sudden I woke up to this real loud, huge, pounding noise,” the 911 caller told a dispatcher.

The caller said someone was “pounding on someone’s door” when she walked outside to check on the commotion. The caller said she could here a child crying.

On Sunday, one neighbor, who asked not to be named, said she heard at least two dozen gunshots come from the couple’s home. After several minutes passed, the neighbor said she went to the scene, where she found the bodies and the 3-year-old, who was unharmed but shaken. The neighbor said several long, brass bullet shells dotted the floor.

Most other neighbors declined to comment or said they had no information to give a reporter when asked about the Mendozas or about what happened at the couple’s modest, single-story brick townhouse the day before.

As crime scene investigators walked between their SUVs and the crime scene, several neighbors watched from a nearby driveway, while others drove by the scene several times, craning their necks to view the action. In a grassy yard next door, a group of children chased one another and played soccer.

A tiny red bicycle was the only sign of family life outside the Mendoza home.

Specht: 919-829-4826

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