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William Everett Long

William Everett Long (Town of Duck release)

Duck, N.C. - A homeless man has been charged with first degree murder after fatally stabbing another homeless man at a shelter in Duck.

The stabbing happened at the Duck United Methodist Church at 1214 Duck Road.

Police were initially dispatched to the shelter at 7:29am on Thursday morning and requested medical support at 7:36am, according to a statement from the town.

Dare County Emergency Medical Service transported the victim to The Outer Banks Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:40 a.m.  The victim was a 61-year-old man whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The case is the town's first murder.

According to police, 53-year-old William Everett Long got into an argument with the victim, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the man.

The victim has been identified as 61-year-old George Henry Provost.

Long is being held without bond.

Both Long and the victim were staying at Duck United Methodist Church as part of the OBX Room in the Inn program (OBXRITI).  OBXRITI is a non-profit, church-based program helping the homeless in Dare County.  Shelter is offered on a rotational basis at churches throughout Dare County during colder months.  No other guests or volunteers with the program were injured as a result of the dispute.

The church released a statement saying: "In the midst of this tragedy, we remain prayerful."


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