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Community shaken by murder of Reidsville couple

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Authorities on Sunday were still searching for whoever is responsible for the death of a Reidsville couple found shot to death in an apparent home break-in.

“You couldn’t ask for nicer people or more compassionate, caring people,” Patricia Smyth said about her slain neighbors, Douglas Troy French, 48, and Ladonna Mosley French, 45.

Deputies said they responded to the family’s home at 791 Pinewood Drive around 2 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call from the couple’s 19-year-old daughter Whitley, who suffered non-life threatening injuries during the home invasion.  She was taken to Annie Penn Hospital to be treated for laceration wounds, deputies said.

The couple also has a younger son, but he was away at a swim meet, deputies said.

Investigating officers have declined to comment on whether or not multiple suspects are being sought in the incident.  Only one suspect was reported being seen fleeing the home, although he was described only as a man wearing dark clothing.

“I think it has to be someone hard and heartless and selfish and I don’t know,” Smyth said.  “It makes me think… It’s sad that there are people in the world like this and justice should be served and they should be caught — eye-for-an-eye.”

Deputies have been conducting extra patrols around the neighborhood to help ease the shaken, tight-knit community.

Douglas worked with Duke Energy for 22 years — most recently as a Scheduling Specialist for the Power Delivery Department of their Operation Center in Rockingham County.  A wreath was hanging  Sunday outside the facility in he and his wife’s honor.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers at (336) 349-9683.

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