Police silent, neighborhood buzzing

An officer from the Greensboro Police attended last night’s meeting of the Aycock Neighborhood Board of Directors and reported the following about the murder and fire on Summit Avenue

1. The surviving victim, Deborah Moy, had to have her legs amputated due to the severity of the burns she suffered.

2. The police have not made an arrest in the case.

So now we have one murder victim, William Ransom Hobbs, beaten and set afire, and the surviving victim severely beaten and burned to such a degree that they had to remove parts of her body in order for her to survive, and the monster who did it all is still likely living among us.

Rumors are still rampant here in the ‘hood about this horrifying incident but official information from the City has been non-existent since the initial reports.

I realize that such an investigation takes time, but some kind of statement from the police that they are on the case and what kind of progress is being made would be go along way to allay fears and, perhaps, quell the rumor mill.

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  1. SB
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    First, let me say, I do understand impatience with the progress of a homicide investigation. I have been personally affected by the wrongful death of a family member and have had to sit on my hands and later see the guy in the courtroom. Second, although I haven’t seen Deborah in a long time, we used to work together for about three years. I don’t live in Greensboro anymore and find myself pawing at my keyboard for updates and a conclusion to this. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected, especially the families. This waiting sucks for them and my heart goes out to them.

    That being said, I think a little frustrating patience is due.

    1. The fact that arson was involved means the investigation is going to take a little bit longer; fire destroys physical evidence.

    2. Perhaps the most frustrating; because of the Double Jeopardy Clause (and quasi legal technicality) the police have to present enough evidence to assign the correct charges the first time. They cannot uncover stronger evidence later and assign a different set of charges for the same set of facts. So, for the sake of a strong case and the best possible prosocution, they have to go through this arduous stage of evidence disection.

    In this instance, give them some credit. I bet they already know who committed this crime and want to nail the guy just as bad as any other citizen, but they can’t go around saying that. That would just undermine their investigation. I believe we will know who to blame soon enough.

  2. Tim Smith
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    I hope you are right SB.

  3. Kristina (Tina)
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    I am heartbroken. Debbie is one of a very few that I can call my “chosen family”. We’ve seen each other sporadically over the last few years but that’s irrelevant. Val, Sean… I’d really appreciate contact with you. Sean, you can contact me through my sister. Val, I haven’t seen you in a long time. I’m so damn sad. I know her light, my china doll. I’m lost here and need ya’ll. need to contact her folks. D has lots of friends here in Raleigh that are also devastated. I can’t wrap my mind around the reality of this. So, please reach out.

  4. Posted October 1, 2008 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Here is my blog. http://stwish.livejournal.com/ i hear there will be a benefit Nov 7th or so out near Graham, for Ransom and Moy’s mother. Note on my blog. I will post there if i learn anything more. Feel free to comment on my blog.. Thanks.

  5. A friend of Debs and Ransom
    Posted November 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I am a good friend of Deborah, and I am very sad and will be until I can see her. But note to everyone making blogs about this tragedy. Deborahs parents are very upset about these blogs. This information you all are so called hearing is not for the public. This is a MURDER investigation and Deborah is in danger. Im not sure why no one seems to understand this. Please remove all blogs and all information wherever you see it, or hear it. Deborah is still in danger and is HEAVILY GUARDED where she is. If you are a close friend then you will know about her condition. If your not a close friend but care and you are in fear as we all are, then please be patient and someone will share with you.
    I understand the concern and appreciate all the prayers and love you all are sending out. But please put yourself in Debs parents shoes. They are devistated and tired and in prayer daily for their little girl. Please have the respect to keep Deborah safe and remove these blogs. Thank you, sincerely someone who truly loves Deborah.

  6. Posted November 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm | Permalink


    There was an update on Deborah’s progress that was entered under another post the other day. The author emailed me to please remove it. I did so immediately.

    As for me, yes, I “understand the severity of this” and will honor her parents’ wishes by deleting any future comments concerning her condition.

    (this comment was cross-posted)

  7. Posted November 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Friend of Deb’s and Ransom:
    Please e-mail me. I’d really like to talk.
    I am Brian Clarey at YES! Weekly.com. editor@yesweekly.com.

  8. Karen Huey
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Can anyone tell me if there has been any updates on this tragedy? I have met Deborah and her parents and they will suffer a lifetime from this act of arson. There is absolutely no reason for this kind of torture to a family.

  9. A friend
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Not sure how you know Deb and her family, but I do as well. Leave your info on how to get in touch with you.

  10. Karen Huey
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    My nephew was in Wake Forest Burn Unit for 3 months and I got to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Moy a lot. When we left, Deborah was in Rehab at the hospital.
    Don’t really want my email addy out there…

  11. Karen Huey
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    ps. I was just curious as to if they found the person who did this awful thing. Mr. and Mrs. seem like such strong people…all the crap that they have gone through, no parent should have to do this..and I witnessed my sister by my nephew’s side day in and day out. I will never look at a burn victim with pity, but pride at how strong they are.