KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A man wanted in connection with a double homicide at a home daycare last month was arrested in Lexington, North Carolina on Saturday by the US Marshals office, according to the Kannapolis Police Department.
Sources said Marlon Tyrone Anderson, 49, was taken into custody without incident.
The U.S. Marshals previously offered a $5,000 reward in the search for Anderson, who is accused of a double homicide at a home daycare on June 2 near downtown Kannapolis.
Officers responded at around 8 a.m. to a home on James Street where they found a man and woman shot. Authorities confirmed that Sharon Chambers, 61, and her nephew, Benny Sloan, 46, died at the scene.
According to police, Anderson is facing charges for two counts of first-degree murder and possession of firearm by a felon.
Police said the home where the double homicide happened also served as a home daycare called B&T Learning Center, which was run by Chambers’ daughter.
There are as many as 12 children who went to the daycare. However, they were not there when the shooting happened and arrived later, Channel 9′s Dave Faherty learned.
Neighbors said a family who sends their child to the daycare arrived the morning of the crime to drop off their child and found the front door open. Shortly after, authorities were notified.
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking. Sharon didn’t deserve this. Sharon and Ben didn’t deserve this,” said Erica, a family member.
Family members told Faherty that Sloan had been taking care of Chambers recently because she had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“When I found out about it, I just fell to my knees and screamed out because you know that’s my best friend. And it just hurt to my heart to know that something like that would happen to her,” said Terry Miller, the victim’s friend.
Family members also said Chambers was well known in the community, and even started her own ministry to help people with substance abuse.
“She fed them. She clothed them. And she did a lot for her church. She was definitely a devout Christian. She loved God with all of her heart,” said Ronnie Blackmon, with Accelerated Ministries.
Investigators said the incident was domestic-related and that they don’t believe the shooting was a random act of violence.
This is a developing story. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.
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