Son investigated for father’s death in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A man is being questioned in connection with his father’s death.

Police were called at 2:01 p.m. to 2912 Woodleigh Street to find Virgil Glenn Gilbert, 48, dead in the front yard. The property was home to Gilbert's estranged girlfriend and the couple’s handicapped son. Investigators say Gilbert's death was a result of a domestic assault with a blunt object.

Neighbors and witnesses at a store across the street say they saw Gilbert’s son beating him with a pipe while trying to defend his mom from abuse.

"We had heard that they had been fighting for a couple of days," said Austin Gilbert, the victim’s son from another relationship. "They had been out in the yard and got into an argument and it escalated from that."

Family members say his death comes after years of drinking and abusive behavior toward his girlfriend and their son who suffers from cerebral palsy.

"It's a history of it," said Gilbert's wife Jackie, who has been separated from him for years. "Domestic violence ... and it's just got to stop -- it's got to stop. Another life gone and it should have never happened."

​Police have said Gilbert’s son, who has not been identified by name, is cooperating with the investigation.

This is Winston-Salem’s 14th homicide this year.

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