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Boyfriend arrested, charged with murder after triple homicide in Morganton

Barbara Johnson Barbara Johnson
Freddie Thompson Freddie Thompson
Zakiyah Bey Zakiyah Bey

Police in Morganton have arrested a man after his girlfriend, her son and a family friend were found dead inside a home in early August.

Donald Eric Kincaid, 56, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with one count of first degree murder.

Kincaid is accused in the deaths of Barbara Ann Johnson, her son Freddie Thompson, and family friend Zakiya Bey.

Thompson was mentally disabled.

Morganton Public Safety Officers and the State Bureau of Investigation responded to the 400 block of West Concord Street in Morganton on the morning of Sunday, August 10. They were checking on the welfare of the residents when they discovered the bodies.

The following day, police said the triple homicide was not random. Instead they are labeling it a domestic case. According to police, Kincaid is the boyfriend of Barbara Johnson.

Police say all three died from apparent blunt force trauma.

After the bodies were found, officers spent the day looking for clues and talking to neighbors. State investigators were still on scene collecting evidence nearly 24 hours later.

Relatives say they are shocked this happened. They say Thompson considered everyone his friend.

"He's the sunshine," Johnson's sister, Adrian Avery, said. "He's the joy of everybody's life, never bothered anybody. Never harmed anybody."

Avery says the same about her sister, Barbara Johnson.

"My sister never harmed anybody," Avery said. "Never had a mean spirit in her body. It's devastating. We don't know what to think or why this happened."

The landlord told WBTV that Johnson moved into the house with her son and fiance about two months before the incident.

"I am just shocked," landlord Beverly Foster said. "They seem to be a nice, quiet, happy couple."

Zakiya Bey's friend, Delores Mack, said she heard about the deaths while she was at church.

"I received a telephone call that one of my very best friends," Mack said. "Had been shot to death."

While family members wait for answers they have learned not to take family time for granted.

"I just want everybody to be closer," the sister said. "Stay in closer contact because things like this happen. You just have a lot of wishes and regrets. I wish I would have talked to her. I wish I would have talked to her on her birthday."

Johnson just celebrated her birthday on July 30.

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