RALEIGH, NC — A fundraising effort has started to help the family of a young mother who was found dead in a North Carolina prison last week.
Dominique Gail Worrell, age 26, of Raleigh was the mother of two young children and was convicted in a 2014 incident at a Raleigh sports bar.
Worrell was discovered at Southern Correctional Institution Wednesday afternoon, “the subject of an apparent suicide,” the N.C. Dept. of Corrections officials said in a press release.
Worrell was involved in a stabbing at a Raleigh sports bar, called Flashbacks Sports Bar and Lounge, in the fall of last year, officials say.
Officers found Worrell, who previously lived in Greensboro and Goldsboro, unresponsive, hanging in her cell just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.
Dozens of Worrell’s friends and family have spoken out and shared their sorrow on social media about her death.
“Tonight, my heart is heavy after learning of the death of Dominique Worrell,” said Linda Wilkins-Daniels on Facebook, who said she spoke to Dominique’s mother, Gloria, who said “that her daughter would never commit suicide.”
Worrell leaves behind two young daughters. She was previously a model and had auditioned for John Casablancas modeling agency in Charlotte, according to her profile on YouTube.
“My Family… My Family… Love Matters… R.I.P Dominique,” her brother Derrick wrote on Facebook. “R.I.P. little sister. We love you Dominique. #JUSTICE,” he added.
Many friends were saddened by her sudden death.
“She loved herself and her kids too much to commit suicide and nobody will ever convince me that she did,” said wrote Charmes Hicks, a friend, who added that she was “Feeling Heartbroken” on Facebook.
Authorities tried to help Worrell after she was discovered in her cell, officials say.
“Prison medical staff and local EMS responded but were unable to revive her,” said Communications Officer Keith Acree. “She was pronounced dead at 3:24 p.m.”
Worrell was serving approximately four years for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony breaking and entering and larceny, Acree said.
Now, a fundraising effort has started on the GoFundMe site for her children, wrote Fred Thompson, a friend who previously lived in Goldsboro and knew Worrell since she was in the 10th grade.
“We want to raise money to give to the family that she is leaving behind to help with anything her kids may need due to this terrible situation. There is no such thing as too little of a donation or not enough. Anything helps and all money goes to the family of Dominique Worrell,” Thompson wrote on GoFundMe.
Thompson was a mentor for Worrell through a non-profit he works for and spoke with Worrell about once a week, he told WNCN Sunday night.
Worrell was convicted in Wake County for an incident at Flashbacks Sports Bar and Lounge at 4004 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh.
Raleigh Police said a stabbing happened shortly after 3 a.m. at Flashbacks on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.
During the incident at the sports bar, one person was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries
The Troy Police Department is conducting the law enforcement investigation into Worrell’s death, officials said.
The Troy Police Chief told the Courier-Tribune of Asheboro that “the investigation was continuing and information would be released at the conclusion.”