Man found dead in west Gastonia home, neighbors searching for answers

The cause of death was not immediately available.
The Gastonia Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened early Wednesday morning in the 700 block of Belfast Drive.
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 12:22 PM EDT
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GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - Gastonia Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened early Wednesday morning off the 700 block of Belfast Drive.

Police were called to the home around 2:30 a.m. for a possible assault. When they arrived, they found 48-year-old Donald Watts dead.

“I woke up and it was yellow tape around the house,” Calitri Lowery said.

Lowery says Watts was a family member.

“I came down there finally. I talked to the detectives and they said what was going on and I was like dang,” Lowery said.

Wednesday’s homicide is number eight for this year.

In the city of Gastonia, there have also been eight rapes reported, 27 sex offenses, nearly 350 aggravated assaults, 11 commercial robberies and 49 people have been robbed as of Aug. 3.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000.

Calls may be made anonymously.

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