NC slaying suspect’s parents offer sympathy


    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The parents of a North Carolina man accused
    of killing an Illinois woman and taking her body to Virginia say
    they are grieving the loss of the 18-year-old victim and cannot
    speculate on the circumstances of her death.

    John Mascaro said Thursday that he and his wife, Sylvia Mascaro,
    considered the victim “like a daughter.”

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    Mascaro’s son, 19-year-old Enrico Luciano Mascaro, was charged
    in the death of Danielle Dennis-Towne after her body was found in
    his trunk July 15.

    The Mascaro’s issued the statement offering condolences to
    Dennis-Towne’s family, who they describe as family friends.

    John Mascaro had reported the two young people missing from the
    Mascaro’s Nags Head home.

    Authorities say Dennis-Towne died of a gunshot wound to the

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