Suspect in Rowan Co. double homicide was wearing gorilla mask during murders

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Kenneth Wayne Abel Jr.

SPENCER, N.C. — Authorities say the suspect arrested in connection with a double homicide in Spencer was wearing a gorilla mask at the time of the murders, according to WCNC.

Kenneth Wayne Abel Jr., of Salisbury, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Officers responded to the 600 block of Fifth Street around 10 p.m. last Wednesday and found two men dead inside.

A witness in the home reported that three guys in gorilla masks burst into the house and held them at gunpoint.

Tony Walker, 29, James Walker, 43, were shot and killed during the home invasion.

“There is no reason to believe there is any other citizen in Rowan County that is in harm’s way of these particular suspects; it does appear this was a targeted location,” said Tony Underwood, Special Agent in Charge of the S.B.I.

There is no word yet on other suspects.

Source: WCNC

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