Nash County family in shock after finding son shot to death in driveway

NASHVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Nash County family is mourning the death a young man after he was found shot to death in the driveway of his home.

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Tony Maurice Braswell’s body was found by family members as they were about to leave their home on West Old Spring Hope Road and head to work early Friday morning.

Vanessa Harris, Braswell’s mother, says she was the first one to notice her 21-year-old son’s dead body.

“It’s hard for a mother to wake up, get ready to go to work and see her baby lying out there dead,” said Harris.

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“I kept calling his name and calling his name and he never responded. I ran out there to him and I saw that he had a gunshot wound to his chest, and all I could do was just cry and holler,” Harris added.

Within several hours, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office made four arrests in what they’re calling the first murder in Nash County in over two years.

Shannon Sentell Jones, 33, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Mallory Nicole Johnson, 17, was arrested and charged with accessory before the fact to felony and conceal or failure to notify death of a person. Madison Deann Johnson, 21, was arrested and charged with accessory before the fact to felony and conceal or failure to notify death of a person. Danny Scott Womack, 21, was arrested and charged with accessory before the fact to felony and conceal or failure to notify death of a person.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office says they’re also searching for a fifth person involved in the homicide.

“I’m hurt and angry. I can’t believe they would do that to a human being,” said Braswell’s father Tony Braswell Sr. “I just can’t believe it.”

Braswell’s family claims they knew the individuals who were arrested, but says they have no idea what led to Braswell’s murder. Investigators have not yet released a possible motive.

“I just want to know why they did this,” said Harris.

The family is now left remembering the young man who liked to go fishing, play basketball and play video games.

“Every time I saw him he always had a joke, always had something to smile about, always laughing,” said Marquise Wright, his cousin and one of his best friends. “We just always had a good time together.”

The four arrested in connection with Braswell’s murder will all appear in court on Monday.

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