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67-year-old woman killed, another person injured after break-in at Smith Road home

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Wanda Kennedy.

KANNAPOLIS — A 67-year-old woman is dead and a second person was injured after a break-in and assault were reported at a Smith Road residence Wednesday, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

A white man who also was inside the home was taken into custody, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responding to the call found the body of Wanda Kennedy inside the residence at 8353 Smith Road, authorities said.

An injured person was taken to a hospital in Concord.

Deputies identified the white man as a suspect in the killing and assault, but no charges were reported Wednesday night.

The suspect remained in custody as the investigation continued.

The injured person was treated for serious injuries and released, authorities said.

Detectives collected evidence at the home and also searched a nearby residence, the Sheriff’s Office said.

An agent with the State Bureau of Investigation assisted with the case.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687, Sgt. Rodney Mahaley at 704-216-8711 or Detective Ryan Barkley at 704-216-8739.

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