Arrests made in murder of Piedmont chef; victim’s family speaks out

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – A Piedmont family finally has some closure after nearly a year with no answers.

Last November, Forrest Ison and his girlfriend, Alice Stevens, were shot and killed outside of their home in Georgia.

"We are sitting here wondering every night if they are ever going to catch these people," explains Jim Ison, Forrest's dad.

Police have arrested Michael Jones and Nathaniel Wilkins. Investigators aren't releasing many details, but did say the suspects somehow knew the victims.

Forrest Ison's dad believes the connection may be through the restaurant.

"It doesn't give you closure, it gives you justification. Now I've got somebody who is in jail awaiting a trial. He's not on the streets because if he will shoot somebody for firing him what will he do to somebody else out there?" explains Jim Ison.

Forrest moved to Savannah, Georgia to take an Executive Chef job at a restaurant.

Police say Forrest and Stevens both worked at the same restaurant.

Forrest dad's remembers being with his son before he left for Savannah. He didn't know that would be the last time.

"I gave him a great big hug, gave him a kiss, told him I loved him and said you're always going to be my son.  It was a good last time," remembers Jim Ison.

Forrest studied at GTCC's Culinary School. Instructors told FOX8 he was a talented chef who set the bar.

Forrest won numerous cooking competitions and was proud of his work. His dad was proud of him too.

"The kid was loved, you couldn't help but love Forrest," said Jim Ison.

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