Crime & Courts

Cabarrus triple homicide involved victims in 3 separate homes

The killer of three Cabarrus County women may have begun the rampage with a different target in mind.

Joaquin Serrano, the separated husband of homicide victim Sheila Serrano, said a man came to Sheila’s house Wednesday asking whether he was home.

When Sheila said Joaquin was at work, the man began shooting. Her teenage son who was in the house ran to a neighbor’s to call 911, said Joaquin, who still shared the home with Sheila and their son.

The man then went to two more homes on the same street, killing Sharon Cox at one and her daughter, Jessica Cox, at another.

Darryl Angelo Anderson, 37, of Charlotte was arrested nearby and is charged with three counts of murder.

Joaquin Serrano told the Observer that Anderson erroneously thought he was having a relationship with Anderson’s ex-girlfriend, Jessica Cox.

Serrano said he and his son are shocked by Sheila’s death.

“We’re all devastated,” Joaquin said. “We were still friends. She (Sheila) was family to me more than anything.”

The women all lived at the Cedar Park Estates mobile home park. The park sits off Geneva Drive, which is off Lower Rocky River Road, southeast of the Concord city limits.

Investigators say they received a 911 call from a resident of the community at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Shortly after arriving, deputies found three women who had been shot, each in a different residence, all on Geneva Drive.

Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley said two victims were located in adjacent mobile homes and a third across the street, about 100 yards down the road. Sharon Cox, 52, and Sheila Serrano, 45, were next-door neighbors. Jessica Cox lived down the road.

Neighbors said police told them that it appeared someone shot through Sheila Serrano’s front door to get in.

One of the women was dead at the scene and the other two died after being taken to Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, the sheriff said.

Witnesses provided investigators with information that led to the arrest of Anderson, who was recognized not far from the scene by a sheriff’s deputy, officials said.

Union County court records show Jessica Cox accused Anderson of domestic violence in 2008, but it was unclear how the case was resolved. The pair had three children together, said Veronica Cox, Jessica’s sister.

Sheila Serrano was a stay-at-home mom who sometimes babysat Jessica’s children, Veronica Cox said. Jessica, 25, cleaned homes in the trailer park on the weekends.

Veronica said her mother, Sharon Cox, loved the beach and went out of her way to help her daughters.

“She did everything for me and my sister,” Veronica said. “She’d come to my house with groceries, help me take care of my special-needs son, and we’d just talk about everything.”

Anderson appeared in court Friday and remains in Cabarrus County Jail after receiving no bond, court officials said. His next scheduled appearance will be March 6 for a probable cause hearing.

Investigators didn’t release whether a weapon was found on Anderson. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible, officials said.

Researcher Maria David contributed.