NW Roanoke homicide victims identified

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Roanoke Police identified the shooting victims in Tuesday night’s double homicide as 42-year-old Jacob E. Sallah of Roanoke and 37-year-old Travis J. Turnage of Franklin County.

Roanoke Police arrested 30-year-old Dominic Townes around 8 a.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Hunt Ave NW. 

Townes is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

According to a police spokesman, Sallah and Turnage were found dead from gunshot wounds around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in a home in the 600 block of Hanover Avenue. The block is located up the street from Addison Middle School. 

A woman who lives in the area says she doesn’t like the direction the neighborhood is moving, and she plans on doing what she can to change it. 

“I just want to say this is a good neighborhood. All the people that I’ve met in this neighborhood, we go out and we talk to them,  they’ve been nice people. And we don’t mind telling them how we’d like to keep the neighborhood,” said Brenda Christian.

Christian has lived in this neighborhood for 30 years. She says when they first moved everyone was nice and close-knit, but now things have changed.

The murders happened back and in an apartment off the street. But something that has neighbors so concerned, is how close it is to Addison Middle School.

“I’m not going to just stand and let things happen. So I’ve done a few things like when I see people standing here and it looked like they were probably going to try to do drugs or something I would come out and stare at them,” said Christian.

She says her and a few other neighbors have been proactive about keeping crime down by actively communicating with police, and she said she isn’t nervous about it.

“I know I should be, but I’m not, because I don’t want them invading my neighborhood. I want to feel safe here. I don’t want to be worried, I’ve seen that happen,” Christian said.

Another neighbor who didn’t want to be interviewed told WFXR, they saw two people running from the apartment where the shooting happened.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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