Eddie A. and Katherine D. EZZELL III
NEWPORT NEWS - Eddie Ezzell III and Katherine Parker Ezzell died Friday, March 16, 2012.
Katherine is survived by her daughter, Angela Hollis; her mother, Rose Marie Hogge; her father, Monroe Hogge; four sisters, Mary Taylor, Cynthia Ezzell, Rosie Williams and Dorothy Ezzell; four granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Eddie is survived by his father, Eddie A. Ezzell Jr.; his sister, Kelly Ezzell; and his nephew, Brandon Wersten.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Harold Aadahl.
Interment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens. The families will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, at the funeral home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from March 20 to March 21, 2012
RV homicide victims ID'd
Husband and wife found dead inside RV
Updated: Friday, 16 Mar 2012, 8:28 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 16 Mar 2012, 2:34 PM EDT
Jessica O. Swink
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News police are investigating the deaths of two people inside a RV as a homicide.
Around 1:13 p.m., police received a call in reference to two people dead in an RV on Dean Ray Court in Newport News at Davis Mobile Home and RV Park.
Police say a relative went to the residence and found 47-year-old Katherine Dianne Parker and 43-year-old Eddie Arnold Ezzell. When medics arrived, the two were pronounced dead.
Ezzell and Parker were married.
This is a developing story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.
By Ashley Kelly, [email protected] | 757-247-4778
June 22, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS — The man charged with killing a Newport News couple in March was a friend — someone who came over for dinner or visited the couple every day, the victims' daughter said Thursday.
"He would come in and take her out to dinner… take her to the grocery store," said Angela Hollis. "My mother spoke highly of him."
Police charged Brian Thomas Smith, 31, of Hampton, with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting deaths of Katherine Diane Parker, 47, and Eddie Arnold Ezzell III, 43. The husband and wife were found dead in their RV March 16 at 51 Dean Ray Court.
Police say they received a tip on Tuesday from a Crime Line caller who named Smith as the shooter in the double homicide at Davis Mobile Home and RV Park. Smith was arrested and charged Wednesday night at his home on Somerset Lane.
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Police say the motive in the shootings was related to prescription drugs and robbery. Nothing was taken from the home, according to police.
Hollis said the couple knew Smith for more than a year. Ezzell worked as a contractor for Smith, who owns a construction business, according to court documents.
Smith was described as being a good friend of the couple. Last Christmas, Smith bought Parker "a very expensive watch," Hollis said.
There were no signs of forced entry to the RV, according to police. In interviews after the couple's deaths, family and friends said they thought the couple knew their killer because their pit bull, Spot, was very protective of the couple's home, yet the dog was loose in the RV when their bodies were found.
In the past two years, Hollis said her mother had become ill — days before she was found dead, she was sick with pneumonia. Parker also was scheduled to have open-heart surgery in the upcoming week.
The couple was married for about eight years. Ezzell was known as a handyman who would do maintenance work around the park. The couple had lived in the RV for two years after moving from Hampton. Friends and neighbors described Parker as a giving woman who would keep her house stocked with canned goods for those in need.
"I'm just happy there is some closure to it," said Leon Hicks, a neighbor. "At least Eddie and his wife can be at peace."
There is still no closure for Hollis.
"I want to ask him why he took my mother from me," she said. "She was my best friend."
Smith is being held in the Newport News City Jail without bond. His next court date is scheduled for September.
Katherine Parker Ezzell
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