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Jeffrey Mayo was found dead in his home Wednesday; police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Police on Friday identified the man found shot to death in his southwest Roanoke home on Wednesday.
An autopsy conducted Friday morning showed Jeffrey Darnell Mayo, 44, of Roanoke died from multiple gunshot wounds at his home in the 2600 block of Grandin Road, police Capt. Monti Lee said.
Mayo was found by officers who responded to his home shortly before 1 p.m. after a person called 911 when they found a door ajar while checking on Mayo, Lee said.
Officials are investigating the shooting as a homicide, the city’s fifth to be reported in 2013.
Lee said physical evidence collected at the scene also indicated that Mayo was shot multiple times. He said a weapon was not found but that cartridge cases of an unspecified type were retrieved near Mayo’s body.
He declined to say who called 911 and would not say how many times or where Mayo had been shot. He said investigators are still working to determine when Mayo died.
Maurice Mayo, 49, said Wednesday that the family had not been able to reach his younger brother by phone in about 24 hours, which was unusual.
Maurice Mayo drove to Roanoke from Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday morning after he and his mother failed to reach his brother, he said.
The elder brother arrived at the Grandin Road home Wednesday afternoon. He and other family members could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Jeffrey Mayo’s mother was interviewed by several police detectives on Wednesday outside his home. Police examined and later towed away a four-door Chrysler sedan that had been parked in the driveway.
Keith Liles, 42, said he went to William Byrd middle and high schools in Vinton with Jeffrey Mayo and graduated high school with him in 1988. He said Mayo grew up in the Mount Pleasant area of Roanoke County.
Liles said he last saw Mayo last week in downtown Roanoke.
“He never met an enemy,” Liles said. “You couldn’t help but like Jeff. Everybody from high school just adored him. It’s just a real shock that someone from high school could have something like that done to him.”
Liles said Mayo operated a clothing store for a time on Shenandoah Avenue in northwest Roanoke. He remembered Mayo as a “hard worker.”
“There’s going to be a lot of people in the community that miss him.”
James Morris, 34, said he grew up with Mayo’s cousins and went to school with them in Vinton.
Morris said Mayo had two young children and was unmarried. He recalled Mayo as a “jokester” and “good guy.”
Morris said Mayo bred blue pit bulls and that he’d bought several from him over the past few years. Mayo was “an excellent dog breeder” and “an excellent person,” Morris said.
“He was involved in no drugs, no illegal activities, none of that type of stuff — period,” Morris said. “If he thought you were involved, he would not talk to you. That was the end of your friendship with him.”
He was also a shrewd businessman, Morris said.
“He knew how to talk to people,” Morris said. “As far as a salesman goes, he could sell ketchup Popsicles to a woman in white gloves.”
There have been no arrests in the shooting and police have not named any suspects, Lee said. He declined to speculate on a possible motive.
Lee appealed to anyone who might have seen people coming or going from Mayo’s home at 2644 Grandin Road in recent days to contact police. Those with information can call Roanoke police at 853-5959 or Crime Line at 344-8500.
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