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Two Edgecombe County men are in custody without the opportunity for bond and will have April 4 district court appearances after being charged in the shooting death of a Roanoke Rapids man at the Gaston Boat Landing.

Curtis Ra’Heem Sessoms of Tarboro and Marquel Tyreik Hudson of Leggett both face a count of felony murder in the death of Sherrod Ahmad Person, 19, according to Gaston police Chief C.W. Bowser. The two men charged in the case are both 22.

Bowser said the call initially came in as a possible abandoned car or collision.

In the gallery from left, Sessoms and Hudson:

During the investigation as police were attempting to locate a driver and gather information on the vehicle, the body of Person was discovered by someone fishing. 

There was a short distance from where the car was found and the body was located at the boat landing, Bowser said.

Investigators established a connection between the victim and the vehicle and discovered foul play was involved. Investigators determined Person was the victim of a homicide, the police chief confirmed.

Person was placed in the river and Bowser said at the time the suspect — or suspects — tried to conceal the vehicle in the nearby wooded area.

Investigators developed Sessoms and Hudson as the reputed suspects in the case and the investigation continues. More arrests are forthcoming, Bowser said.

Bowser confirmed the shooting death occurred at the boat landing off Highway 48.

He said how the victim and defendants knew each other is still under investigation and that the police department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are still trying to determine a motive in the case.

The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office said Person’s body was found shortly after 7:15 a.m. on March 16. Person sustained multiple gunshot wounds, the sheriff’s office said at the time.