Father Of 2nd Murder Victim Worked At Brick Company

Kinston police say they do not believe there is a connection between two recent murders, even though the victim in the first homicide was good friends with the father of the second victim.

WITN News has learned that the father of Tracy Grady had worked at Sutton Brick Company. That's where Elwood Hill was killed Friday morning.

Family and friends said goodbye to the 63-year-old Hill this morning at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

A good friend who could not attend was Lawrence Kilpatrick, who also worked at Sutton Brick. Kilpatrick is going through his own tragedy as his son was gunned down yesterday morning on Eastover Avenue.

Kilpatrick says he's going to miss both his son and Hill, who he says was like a brother to him. "Me and him were just like two peas in the pod, or whatever," said Kilpatrick. "Me and him got along just like anything."

Kilpatrick lives about a block from where his son was murdered, and just a short distance from the brick company. He retired and is on disability.

So far Kinston police have yet to make an arrest in either homicide.

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Kinston police promise more officers on the streets in response to four murders to hit the city in less than three weeks.

At a late afternoon news conference, Public Safety Director Bill Johnson says five officers are now in training and they plan to hire an additional six more officers. Johnson says they're also going to step up neighborhood patrols and contacts in the city.

The latest murder happened this morning on Eastover Avenue. Tracy Grady was shot around 10:30 a.m. and his body found in the middle of the street.

Grady's murder is the city's seventh homicide for the year. The last time Kinston had that many murders in one year was 2006.

Johnson says since last year their clearance rate for murders is 67% murders, while it is 88% for attempted murders.

Grady was shot near the corner of Wilson Avenue and Eastover Avenue. That is about three blocks from Friday morning's murder which killed 63-year-old Elwood Hill.

Police say he died around 12:45 p.m. at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The Department of Correction says the 28-year-old Grady had 11 prior drug convictions, dating back to 2001. He was last released from prison less than a year ago on a drug possession charge.

This is the fifth shooting in Kinston this month, four of those having turned into homicides.

On June 2nd Thomas Hinton was gunned down at the intersection of Mitchell and Lenoir streets as he rode his bicycle home from work. A week later Deputy Warren Lewis was fatally shot as he and other lawmen tried to arrest three teens for Hinton's murder.

On Friday Elwood Hill was murdered at his workplace in what appears to have been a robbery and on Saturday Seth Gower was wounded on West Washington Street in what police say was a domestic shooting.

No one has been arrested in either Grady or Hill's murders.

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  • by Protect and Serve on Jun 26, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    It's always easier to point the finger at law enforcement. It's always easier to be on the outside looking in and place the blame without having to except our own responsibility. The City Council meeting is the place to be if you are unhappy about the budget, policies or whatever. On occasion I work those meetings and I can tell you that there are more people complaining on these posts than there are in the chambers. Second, it is rare that a crime is committed and "Nobody" sees anything. If you want the crime solved, then start saying something when you see something instead of complaining here. Third, to the ones that think KPD spend more time just riding around, then come ride with me. Ride a longs are open to anybody that ask for it. We spend more time running to YOUR bogus burglar alarms that you don't think it's important to call and let us know that you can't program your keypad. Or your animal complaints about a cat under your house, a bird in the tree outside your window or an opposum in your garage. Keep in mind that while we are riding, we may be going to your house. Fourth, the chief's position is administrative. Regardless of who is in the position or where he/she comes from, it's still going to be administrative. Fifth, PARENTS take responsiblity for YOUR children. It's not our job, DSS or the court system's responsibility to raise YOUR child. Know where they are and what they are doing. GET INVOLVED!! Sixth, politicians, judges etc are elected. If you don't like their policies, keep in mind you voted for them. Voice your opinion at the next election. If you want to take back your city, then there is your recipe. We are still community oriented and still at your service regardless of how you feel about us. We have taken an oath to lay down our lives for YOU!! What have you done?....KPD
  • by Concerned Location: Martin County on Jun 25, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Stop blaming each other and put the blame where it really belongs: Satan and his followers! He's at the root of all evil and until we realize that, accept that, and defend against that, we will continue to experience tragedies like this! We need to come together, pray, fast and live Godly lives so that we can fight all evil not just specific events that we do not like!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    K Kill I In the city limits N No matter who S Scare businesses away T Take whatever you want O Operate without a license N Never help law enforcement catch criminals
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    None of my comments were posted, probably because they are too true and would 'inflame' the black community. They already have programs galore, that were put in place to 'help'; more programs won't help those who do not help themselves. Common criminals deserve their punishments, especially for murder/rape/child abuse/burglary, well, for CRIME! for goodness sakes! Punish the criminals; don't reward them.
  • by iworkinKinston Location: Winterville on Jun 21, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    What was the point of including that the father is retired and on disability at the end of the story?
  • by another day on Jun 21, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    kinston is in the valley of no return. There are just too many problems.It all started with the parents, how they raise their kids ,that are now thugs. And now they are turning their backs on them. Now it up to the police to lock them up and the court system to give more prison time.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    people need to start talking, that is the only way the Kinston PD will be able to find these killers, you maybe next, Start taking back your town before its too late. We need to clean the scum off the streets.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    WITN interviews family members of this person, they can believe it happened, if they really cared they would talk with Kinston PD, they need help to stop this, Take back your community if you have the guts!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    everyone seems to want to blame or oint fingers at the Kinston PD, they can arrest the criminals, but can't keep them in jail. that is the job of DA's and Judges. Maybe we need to be more careful who we elect to feel these postions,
  • by Carl on Jun 21, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    Looks like the drug trade caught up with another one. No sympathy here.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:24 PM in reply to Carl
      If this was your family how would you feel? You should think about who may read these posts.
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      by Donna on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:27 AM in reply to Carl
      ow how do you know this had anything to do with drugs?

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