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Pair found dead in mobile home victims of heat stroke

GREENVILLE -- Authorities say two people found dead in a mobile home outside Greenville died of heat stroke. The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported Wednesday that the cause of death was determined Tuesday by a medical examiner for 45-year-old David Ray Sherrod and his 66-year-old aunt, Daisy Gray Joyner. Pitt County Sheriff's Office Chief Lee Moore said Joyner and Sherrod were last seen Friday. He said their air conditioning had been broken for at least a week. A neighbor discovered their bodies after noticing their mail hadn't been collected. Information from: The Daily Reflector, (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Heat Stroke

I am disabled and I am only 47, I went for a week last year with only a fan, the AC broke in my rental home and the landlord refused to fix it. I called, as did my nurse to try to get me a "FREE" fan or ac. They turned me down, as they have in previous years because I was not old enough. I have severe breathing problems, I can barely walk most of the time, and heat makes it all worse. Just being sick, disabled is not enough to get help. DO they think because I am not elderly I can make it in the heat. This person in this story is not elderly. Imagine what is felt like for these people to die in this heat. Why can I not get help? Where was the help for these people? This is so wrong, that they can DIE and nobody tried to help. Poor people. That would have to be a horrible way to go.


This is horrible. In this day and age how can this happen? NO ONE would help? Why didnt they call 911 or someone to take them to a cooler place. So sad.

re: Heat

You can't help those that don't ask for help. If these people reached out for help, then it is sad that nobody came to their side. If they didn't ask for help, then it's sad that for some reason they didn't feel the need to ask for it.

A lot of people don't reach

A lot of people don't reach out for help by saying hey I need this or something like that. This is a complicated story with very few facts except; someone had to tell the sheriffs office that their a/c had been broken for a week for them to know. People don't want to put themselves off on other people or call 911. When a person's a/c is broken in the heat we had and you know it: you say something like come sit with me this afternoon, my a/c is working and I could use the company. You can also say well, lets look at it and see what we can do to get it fixed. Anything you think will help another person in that situation. Most people are having a hard time right now and they really don't want to put themselves off on anyone else.