Up & Coming Weekly

May 24, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MAY 25 - 31, 2022 UCW 9 Man sought in double homicide in Fayetteville kills himself by MICHAEL FUTCH e 29-year-old Clayton man who was the sus- pect in a double murder in Fayetteville commit- ted suicide Tuesday morning, May 17, according to authorities. Officer Jeremy Strickland, a spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department, said Rhaim Mosies Santiago killed himself in Smithfield in Johnston County after a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours. "He is deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Strickland said early Tuesday afternoon. Santiago was wanted on two counts of first-de- gree murder in the deaths of a man and a woman on Monday, May 16; one count of second-degree kidnapping; and one count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Strickland said the charges are all in connec- tion with the deaths of Marchellous Braddy, 33, of Rushmore Drive in Raeford, and Nakeea Brooks, 27, of Bartons Landing Place in Fayetteville. e murders were reported at 12:14 p.m. Mon- day, May 16 in the 5700 block of Aftonshire Drive in western Fayetteville. Officers with the Fayetteville Police Depart- ment were sent to investigate a report that a dead person was found inside the residence. e homeowner arrived home and discovered an un- responsive man lying in the home, a news release said. e man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers then found a second victim in the yard, and she was pronounced dead as well. Santiago went missing Monday after being charged. Strickland referred questions about the man- hunt and investigation in Johnston County to the Smithfield Police Department. Smithfield police Capt. Ryan Shepphard was in a meeting on Tuesday afternoon and was not im- mediately available for comment. Santiago and the two victims apparently knew each other, Strickland said. "We can't go into detail on how they were known to each other, but we think prior to the incident they knew each other," he said. He said investigators are still trying to deter- mine how the crimes occurred. Police have not said what the motive was. "e forensic unit has been on the scene more than 12 hours," said Strickland. "e homicide unit continues to investigate to see if anyone else was involved with the homicide itself. ey con- tinue to interview witnesses. "Just because he's dead doesn't mean the case is closed," Strickland said. NEWS MICHAEL FUTCH, CityView Today. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484- 6200. Presents Continue the fun, gamalier padilla PERFORMING at The sand trap After Party 10 pm-UNTIL Mostley CruE with Special Guest Gates open 5:00 Autumn Tyde 6:00-7:00 Mostley Crue 7:30-10:00 Food, Soft Drinks, Beer & Wine on Sale Cash Bar w/ all ABC Permits PLUS Music, dancing, food + Fun! All American Homes FREE CONCERT! KIM EVERS TEAM June 3 rd Autumn Tyde

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