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Suspect sought in fatal home invasion

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NASHVILLE — Authorities are looking for a killer.

Marquis Perry, 27, was shot dead in his apartment during a Thursday home invasion. His assailant remains at large.

Investigators have a suspect in mind in the fatal armed robbery, said Nashville Police Capt. J.T. Winstead.

“The victim and the perpetrator were known to one another,” Winstead said.

Perry’s girlfriend and 12-year-old child were in the apartment at the time of the incident. Responding officers found the woman’s wrists bound with zip ties. The woman and her daughter weren’t injured, Winstead said.

Perry lived in the Oak Tree apartment complex at 1847 S. First St. Police responded to a 5:45 a.m. call that a shooting had occurred at the complex.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky Mount Police Department are assisting Nashville police.

“These agencies, as well as all of the first responders, continue to be a tremendous help in the investigation,” Winstead said. “Investigators are continuing to work around the clock investigating leads.”

The complex is near Nash Central Middle School and Nashville Elementary School, but police said they don’t believe the isolated incident to be a threat to public safety.

Police are asking for the public’s help with information in the case.

“This is a tragedy for the family and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Winstead said. “Please, if you have any information, we request that you call Sgt. Shockley at 252-903-8166 or the police department at 252-459-4545 or you can call the Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 with any information that will help to resolve this tragic crime. You can remain anonymous.”