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Brothers found slain
Sheriff suspects drugs involved
The pickup at left was found on Daniel Road, Axton, with the body of Alfonso Navarro-Pena. The pickup at right was found at 625 Sportsplex Way, Axton. Noel Navarro-Pena, whose body was found lying in that parking lot, had been known to use the vehicle, according to Sheriff Lane Perry. The Navarro-Penas are brothers, according to police.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Two brothers were found dead in separate locations in the Axton area late Friday and early Saturday, according to a news release and officials with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
“We do feel drugs and drug trafficking play into this crime,” said Sheriff Lane Perry.
The victims were identified as Alfonso Navarro-Pena, 40, and his brother, Noel Navarro-Pena, 33, both of 211 Sugar Tree Drive, Axton, the release stated.
At about 11:13 p.m. Friday, the Martinsville/Henry County Emergency 911 Center received a call of a traffic accident in the 100 block of Daniel Road in Axton, the release stated. When officers arrived at the scene, it was determined the driver of the 1998 Ford F-150, Alfonso Navarro-Pena, had suffered what appeared to be a gunshot wound, the release added.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
At about 6:14 a.m. Saturday, the 911 Center received a call of a person lying in the parking lot at 625 Sportsplex Way, Axton, the release stated. The caller reported the individual appeared to be deceased, the release added.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and found Noel Navarro-Pena deceased from what appeared to be a gunshot wound, the release stated. A vehicle he was known to have used was in the parking lot, Perry said.
Autopsies on both of the victims, who were brothers, are scheduled to be conducted on Monday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia, the release stated.
A search warrant was executed at 211 Sugar Tree Drive, Axton, on Saturday in connection with the investigation of these homicides, the release stated. Seized were about $28,000 in U.S. currency, 25 pounds of purported marijuana, 2.6 ounces of purported cocaine, four firearms, ammunition, numerous cellular telephones, two computers and assorted documentation, the release added.
Two slayings in one day is “a huge burden” on his staff, said Perry. “It’s also a burden on the community. Something like that is very troubling.”
A man who lives in the area of the complex said sometime between about 10 a.m. Friday and about 1 a.m. Saturday he heard four to six shots in succession. “It was like pow, pow, pow, pow,” he said. “It was loud.”
He added he wasn’t sure on the precise time because, “I was watching TV and dozing off.”
He sometimes hears traffic at all hours of the night on the road leading to the sports complex — after the gate to the complex is closed, he said.
Another community resident said she heard several law enforcement and emergency medical vehicles going to the area of the sports complex about 6:15 to 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Another resident said: “I was up till 2 (a.m. Saturday). I didn’t hear anything. I didn’t see anything.”
“I was sorry to hear about it,” she said. “Tell the family I’m really sorry.”
She added, “It’s a little too close to home.”
The sports complex (SRSC) released a statement that it is cooperating with the sheriff’s office on the “incident that occurred outside SRSC’s facilities last night while the complex was closed.”
“We want to ensure the public that SRSC is a safe and welcoming facility,” said Billy Russo, SRSC’s director of operations. “Our visitors’ well-being is our primary focus and will continue to be. We are cooperating with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office as they further investigate.”
The Smith River Sports Complex provides a safe, family-friendly environment with safety features in place, the release stated. It has lighted parking and walking areas, cameras throughout the facility and locked gates, it added.
Anyone having information about these homicides is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463), the release stated.
The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $1,000 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.