Death of 93-year-old woman at Winston-Salem nursing home investigated as homicide

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials are now investigating the death of a 93-year-old woman at a Winston-Salem assisted living home as a homicide.

On Feb. 7, Opal Galloway, was assaulted by a 74-year-old male resident at Salem Terrace Assisted Living, located at 2609 Old Salisbury Road, according to police.

Police were waiting for the results of the autopsy to officially rule the investigation into Galloway’s death as a homicide investigation.

The medical examiner’s initial report said multiple blunt force injuries contributed to Galloway’s death.

Investigators determined Galloway was in a wheelchair at the time of the assault.

The 74-year-old male resident has not been arrested. Officials are still trying to determine his mental status.

His name has not been released but charges could still be filed.

This will be the 2nd homicide in Winston-Salem in 2015.

At the time of the incident , Feb. 7, this was the first homicide of the year. As of today, April, 20, there have been two homicides in the year 2015.

This does not include the 17-year-old found dead in the county after going missing on April 1.

By April 7, there was one homicide in the year 2014 in Winston-Salem.

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