Father and son killed while driving golf cart in Statesville NC

Mike Marlowe and DJ Mooe’s friendship dates back to when they attended West Iredell High School together over 20 years ago.

“He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met,” Mooe told the Charlotte Observer. “We have always loved each other.”

The two would remain friends for decades until Marlowe’s death on Monday night.

Marlowe, 39, and her 5-year-old son, Bentley, were killed when a drunk driver collided with a golf cart near Statesville, the NC State Highway Patrol said. Four other people – an adult and three children, ages 2, 13 and 16 – were seriously injured as a result of the crash, Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger said.

The soldiers did not identify any of the injured people or reveal their condition.

Highway Patrol has not released additional details about what led to the accident.

Austin Ray Harmon, 23, of Statesville was arrested and charged with impaired driving, two felony counts of death per vehicle and three felony counts of grievous bodily injury per vehicle, the Observer previously reported.

“Everyone loves this man”

Mooe called Marlowe a “good guy”.

“He was always ready to help,” he said. “Everyone loves this man.”

Mooe said he woke up Monday morning with more than 200 messages on his phone.

“Half the town was on my phone,” he said. “I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what had happened…I was in bed around 8 o’clock.”

Mooe last saw Marlowe on Sunday when he and his 13-year-old daughter visited his friend’s house.

“Our two girls are the same age,” Mooe said. “We kind of raised them together.”

Mooe probably would have spoken to Marlowe later in the week as they both work about a block away from each other. Marlowe is the owner and operator of B&B Auto Glass Inc., and Mooe works at Ziggy’s Closeouts store on West Front Street.

“We talked all the time,” Mooe said. “Every time I went to work, I saw the man. It was never a short conversation.

“All About His Children”

One thing Marlowe often talked about was her kids and her family, Mooe said.

“He just took care of his kids,” he said.

Marlowe swam, rode quads and did everything he could to have fun with his kids, Mooe said.

“He’s one of the best dads I’ve ever seen,” he said.

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Mike Marlowe with his 5 year old son, Bentley. The two were killed in an incident involving a drunk driver in Statesville, North Carolina on Monday, June 13. Barry Williams

Mooe said he wanted people to remember Marlowe as a good person who would help anyone, no matter who he was or what he had done.

“He was always there to take care of you and be good to you,” he said.

A family friend created a GoFundMe fundraising page for medical bills, utility expenses, and other family needs. Another GoFundMe page for Marlowe’s 13-year-old daughter Jada is also accepting donations.

This story was originally published June 15, 2022 4:52 p.m.

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Jonathan Limehouse is a breaking news reporter and covers all the major events in the Charlotte area. He covered a litany of other beats from public safety, education, public health and sports. He is a proud graduate of UNC Charlotte and a native of Raleigh.