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Arrest in Salemburg murder puts town at ease

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The body of Sessoms was found by her father covered by a quilt on a living room couch. An autopsy would reveal Sessoms was raped and suffocated. The body of Sessoms was found by her father covered by a quilt on a living room couch. An autopsy would reveal Sessoms was raped and suffocated.
SALEMBURG, N.C. -

The town of Salemburg can finally start to heal following the arrest of a suspect in the September 2013 murder of 11-year-old McKenzie Sessoms.

Wednesday, law enforcement arrested Antonio Trey Jones, 14, for the murder.

The body of Sessoms was found by her father covered by a quilt on a living room couch. An autopsy would reveal Sessoms was raped and suffocated.

It was pretty shocking. Everybody was upset and trying to figure out what in the world was going on,” said Salemburg resident Joe Louis Lorenzo. “Everyone was taking care of their youngins’ making sure it didn’t happen to them.”

The arrest of Jones ended months of speculation and rumors in the town.

“It just makes us feel a little bit at ease that law enforcement has taken care of the situation and we don’t have to worry about our children as much,” said Paul Taylor of Salemburg.

Although Jones was arrested as a juvenile, there is a possibility he could face charges as an adult.

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