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Salisbury police issue arrest warrants in Town Creek Park double murder

SALISBURY — Salisbury police have charged a local man with the murders of Sabrina Annette Pinkston Curzi and Darryl Allen Wright, who were killed nearly a week ago at Town Creek Park.

Investigators have obtained warrants for the arrest of Willie Earl Williams Jr., 32. Officials have been looking for Williams since the Aug. 3 shooting. He is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, and weighing 180 pounds.

Two men — Eugene William Black, 24, and Ronald Earl Powers, 32 — face common law robbery charges in connection with the shooting. Powers faces an additional charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

In addition, Black has been charged with larceny from a person in a Guilford County case.

Police said the shooting occurred during what appeared to be a picnic at a gazebo at Town Creek Park. Witnesses said the three men left the scene after the shooting in a dark, midsize car.

According to arrest warrants filed in the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office, the felony common law robbery and assault charges against Black and Powers are in connection with the theft of a $100 cellphone and the beating of Michael Curzi at the park prior to the shooting.

The warrant says Black and Powers hit Michael Curzi about the head and shoulders with glass bottles and punched and kicked him repeatedly around the torso.

Curzi received a cut to the right side of his head, a cut to one shoulder and bruising of his torso.

Salisbury police officials said Monday that Curzi and Wright were not at the picnic Friday. Police have not provided further details, but investigators say the crime was not random.

A GoFundMe page was created to help offset the cost of the funeral as well as housing, food and school for Sabrina Curzi’s children.

“Sabrina loved her children to no end and took her last breath defending them. She was shot and killed confronting gang members that assaulted her son,” the fundraising page said.

Salisbury police investigators have not confirmed whether the three suspects are gang members or affiliated with gangs. In June, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Michael Curzi, who they have said is a member of the Folk Nation street gang. Curzi, along with another man were accused of stealing a vehicle.

“Sab was a strong woman, fierce, independent, proud, she fought hard no matter what life threw at her. With her passing, she needs our help now. The best we can do is make sure her the kids are safe and have what they need in this terrible time,” the GoFundMe page said.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Eugene William Black has convictions of felony and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. R

onald Earl Powers has convictions of misdemeanor marijuana possession, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a substance, selling a controlled substance and other felony offenses.

Willie Earl Williams is currently on probation for a 2017 conviction for conspiracy of assault with a dangerous weapon inflicting serious injury. He also has other convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking and entering, misdemeanor breaking and entering and other offenses.

Authorities say if Williams is located, do not approach him. Instead, contact local authorities.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Williams is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan CrimeStoppers at 866-639-5245.

Tips may also be submitted online at tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org or through the department’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SalisburyPoliceDepartment

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.



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