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Police Investigate Homicide

On 8/13/2018, detectives of the Gaston County Police were contacted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to provide information on a homicide that possibly happened in the 900 block of View Heights Ct, Gastonia, NC.

Further investigation revealed that a body was found along Rock Springs Rd, Blacksburg, SC on August 6, 2018.  The person was identified days later as Kenneth A. Pilgrim (aka Kenneth Black), 44yrs old who had a last known address of Mallard Dr, Grover, NC and his death was considered suspicious based on injuries. 

Detectives conducted interviews and determined that Pilgrim was last seen at the View Heights Ct address.  The investigation is still active and as of this date the following people have been charged with First Degree Murder in connection with Pilgrim’s death:

William Bell Jr
*William Glenn Bell Jr, 33 yrs old of Gastonia, NC

Billy Brinson
*Billy Wayne Brinson, 34 yrs old of Gastonia, NC

Carla Black
*Carla Jean Black, 26 yrs old of Blacksburg, SC

Tristan West
*Tristan Thomas West, 32 yrs old of Gastonia, NC

Wade Nations
*Wade Nelson Nations, 54 yrs old of Gastonia, NC

All were acquainted with Pilgrim.  Bell, Nations and West are in custody.  Police are still actively searching for Black and Brinson.

The Gaston County Police Department is appreciative of assistance provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. 

Anyone with information regarding the death of Kenneth Pilgrim is encouraged to contact Detective Dow at (704) 866-3320 or the Gaston County Crimestoppers line at (704) 861-8000.