Jones service slated Sunday
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones
Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones

A special memorial service will be held in honor of Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones who was killed in her North Carolina apartment after recently moving from Cleveland.

According to the Rev. Rusty Asble, associate pastor of Recreation Administration at First Baptist Church, the service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Worship Center.

Huggins would have celebrated her birthday May 21. She would have turned 31.

She was a branch manager at First Tennessee Bank and moved to the Raleigh area to oversee operation of a First Tennessee facility, according to bank officials.

Three people were arrested in connection with her murder, which was reported to authorities the morning of May 14.

She had moved to the area earlier in May where new construction of an apartment community was underway. According to reports, the building where Huggins-Jones and her daughter lived was the only one occupied.

Her 8-year-old daughter found her body and went to nearby construction workers for help.

The Raleigh Police Department began an investigation which led to the arrest of Ronald Lee Anthony Jr., 23, Sarah Rene Redden, 18, and Travion Devonte Smith, 20.

Jim Sughrue of RPD said, “It is believed the suspects initially made an unforced entry into the Huggins-Jones residence to commit a burglary.”

According to Sughrue, the three defendants have made an initial court appearance and are being held without bond “on charges of first-degree murder.”

Visitation with the family will follow the memorial service, according to Asble.