Fourth prison worker dies after violent attack at Pasquotank Correctional

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Geoffrey Howe, a maintenance mechanic at Pasquotank Correctional Institution, died Thursday evening after being attacked by inmates at the prison three weeks ago.

Howe, 31, is the fourth prison employee to die since the attack at the facility on Oct. 12.

Family members say Howe, 31, passed away just after 7 p.m. at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he had been unresponsive and in critical condition since the attack.

Howe celebrated his one-year anniversary with the Department of Public Safety in August, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

“Geoffrey Howe was a valued member of his community and his workplace and he will be greatly missed,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a statement. “We send our heartfelt sympathies to his loved ones and wish for them comfort during this difficult time. We owe it to Geoffrey and his fallen coworkers to do all we can to keep an attack like the one that claimed their lives from ever happening inside our prisons again, and that’s what I’ve directed prison leaders to do.”

Officials say Wendy Shannon, a correctional officer, passed away at the hospital from her injuries on Monday.

Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correctional Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden died the day of attacks, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

District Attorney Andrew Womble tells four inmates involved in the failed escape at the prison have been indicted on several charges, including two counts each of first-degree murder.

North Carolina flew flags at half-staff on Wednesday in remembrance of Shannon.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety said the prison continues to be on lockdown.