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.
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.