Three families of homicide victims in Wake County received word Monday that suspects were in custody.
Law enforcement officials declined to comment and would not confirm any connection between the cases.
Khurram Tariq, 24, said his family was relieved by the news that a suspect in his father's death was in custody. Tariq's father, Tariq Hussain, 52, was found shot to death behind the counter of his convenience store, Bobby's Grocery, at 3114 Garner Road in Raleigh, 10 a.m. Oct. 14.
"We're feeling all right," he said. "It's just that it's good for the community and good for the closure of the family's emotions and everything."
Tariq, who was in town from medical school in Grenada to celebrate several holidays with his family, took the semester off to tend to the convenience store. He plans to return to St. George's University in mid-January. The news will make for an easier transition back to medical school, he said.
"But it's not going to change anything," he said. "It's not going to bring my father back. But a bad person has been taken off the street."
The family of Timothy David Barnwell also got an update from Raleigh police officials Monday. Raleigh Police Department officials have said Barnwell's ankles and wrists were bound during an apparent robbery in his apartment at Windsor Falls, off Sunbow Falls Lane near Millbrook Elementary School.
He tried to get away by jumping over the balcony of his second-floor apartment. Investigators think Barnwell, still bound, tried to crawl away once on the ground but was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at WakeMed Raleigh Campus.
The Rev. Diane Corlett, pastor of the Church of the Nativity on Ray Road in North Raleigh, said she received a call from Phyllis Barnwell on Monday.
"[The family was] told that the police believe that they had arrested the man who killed their son," said Corlett, who has known the family about 15 years. "I believe she felt some relief, and that it opened up some already gaping wounds farther."
Also on the minds of the Barnwells, Corlett said, was the suspect's family.
"They also pray for the family of the murderer because this is opening a whole new and awful situation for that family," she said.
Chastity Jernigan also received a call from Raleigh police officials saying a person was in custody in connection with her brother LeRoy's death. LeRoy Jernigan was found shot to death the morning of June 3 inside the Circus Family Restaurant. The Clayton man used to clean the restaurant overnight.
"We were told not to say much because of a press conference they were holding [today]," she said.
Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said Monday he could not confirm any arrests in the case. Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens also would not confirm any arrests.
"Our investigators are working with the RPD on an ongoing investigation," she said, "but we have no information at this time."
(News researcher Lamara Williams-Hackett contributed to this report.)