Sheila Fowler Serrano, a 45-year-old Cherokee High School alumna, was among the trio of victims police say were shot by Darryl Angelo Anderson, 37, in three different Concord, N.C., homes, according to Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office northeast of Charlotte responded to a home on Geneva Drive at about 12:40 p.m. after a 911 call came in about a person who had been shot.
“Shortly after arriving on scene, deputies located three individuals who had been shot, each in a different residence,” Riley said in a news release Thursday. “There were several witnesses on the scene that provided deputies with information regarding a possible suspect.”
Riley said Anderson was found near the scene on Geneva Drive, where Serrano had been living. It was not immediately clear how long Serrano had been living in Concord.
The suspect was taken to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, where he was interviewed and later charged with three counts of murder. The sheriff said Anderson was being held without bond and more charges were likely as the investigation continued.
Further details about a motive or how the suspected murders are believed to have happened weren’t available after multiple calls to the sheriff’s office. But the sheriff said Anderson knew Serrano and the other victims, Sharon and Jessica Cox.
Riley told CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte the shooting appeared to be “domestic related.”
“We do have a good idea what caused it,” he told the news station.
Meanwhile in Cherokee County, Serrano’s death is leaving many shocked.
“That’s really tragic,” said Carmen Tanner Slaughter, who went to Cherokee High School with Serrano. “That’s terrible.”
Tanner hadn’t been in much contact with Serrano in recent years, but they reconnected on Facebook.
“(It’s) still very, very disconcerting,” Tanner said. “She was always pleasant and friendly. Really positive attitude about life and supportive of people.”
Other old friends expressed their sadness for Serrano’s death on the Canton native’s Facebook page.
“This is very hard to digest, to be honest. Yesterday a part of my childhood died,” Tammy Whited Thompson from Canton wrote Thursday. “Sheila was my best friend from the age of 3 years old until we were in our teens, and kept in touch throughout the years. Through the good and bad, she has always been in my heart and will continue to be.”
Thompson also offered condolences for Serrano’s children.
“As I see her children’s faces through pictures I see her in all of them, and know you all got the best of her, and that is all she wanted,” Thompson wrote. “I pray for her children’s and friends healing to move through this, as I know she is at peace.”
Ball Ground resident Angie Walker Whitley wrote for Serrano to “Rest in Heaven my dear friend!”
“I know you are with Jesus now,” Whitley added. “You are home in perfect peace!”
Several family members in Cherokee County said they’d prefer not to comment.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Greene Funeral Home, about 50 miles south of Concord in Rock Hill, S.C., near where Serrano had family nearby. A representative with the funeral home said Friday afternoon arrangements had not yet been set.