2020 North Carolina Domestic Violence Homicides

Date: January 1, 2020      Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Jenny Thao Ta, 40
Alleged Perpetrator: Hong Van Ma, 49
Relationship: Husband
Town: High Point  
County: Guilford
Weapon: Firearm

Officers then responded to Ma’s residence at 4020 Banbridge Drive, where they found Ma’s wife, Jenny Thao Ta, 40, shot to death. Ta had died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Police believe that Ma killed his wife, then killed himself.

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Date: January 7, 2020        Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Tena Renee Edwards Glover, 48
Alleged Perpetrator: Randy Glover, 52
Relationship: Husband
Town: Erwin
County: Harnett
Weapon: Firearm

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two people at a home near Erwin.  At 6:23pm Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to a report of a suicidal person at 3093 Beaver Dam Road.

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Date: January 21, 2020      Murder-Suicide 

Name: Cynthia Lynn Smith, 38
Alleged Perpetrator: Robert Brian King, 43
Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
Town:  Waynesville 
County: Haywood 
Weapon: Knife 

Note: Ms. Smith was four months pregnant at the time of her death.

Waynesville Police have confirmed the victim of an apparent murder-suicide on Long Street as Cynthia Lynn Smith, 38, and shared news of the death of her unborn child. Smith was 4 months pregnant, according to a police press release. 

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Date: January 23, 2020      Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Alisha Marie Morgan, 25
Alleged Perpetrator: Craig Lamont Sawyer, 31
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Aurora
County: Beaufort
Weapon: Firearm

Investigators say Craig Lamont Sawyer, 31, and Alisha Marie Morgan, 25, were found shot to death inside the home on Austin Rd.

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Date: January 23, 2020      Murder-Suicide 

Victim Name: Tyler William Hamilton, 30
Alleged Perpetrator: Andrew Lee Myers, 26
Relationship: Estranged husband
Town: Granite Quarry
County: Rowan
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Mr. Hamilton was allegedly shot and killed by Mr. Myers when he saw Mr. Hamilton leaving his estranged wife’s house. Mr. Myers allegedly then confronted his wife inside the house and shot himself.

Officials say a man fatally shot another man before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide at a home in a Rowan County town Wednesday morning.

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Date: January 24, 2020      Murder-Suicide 

Victim Name: April Ireland, 26
Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Ireland, 39
Relationship: Husband
Town: Vanceboro
County: Craven
Weapon: Firearm

North Carolina authorities have confirmed that five family members were victims of a “horrific” murder-suicide last week, according to county officials.

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Date: January 24, 2020       Murder-Suicide 

Victim Name: Caroline Ireland, 8 months
Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Ireland, 39
Relationship: Father
Town:   Vanceboro
County: Craven
Weapon: Firearm

North Carolina authorities have confirmed that five family members were victims of a “horrific” murder-suicide last week, according to county officials.

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Date: January 24, 2020       Murder-Suicide
      
Victim Name: Michael Ireland, 4
Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Ireland, 39
Relationship: Father
Town:  Vanceboro
County: Craven
Weapon: Firearm

North Carolina authorities have confirmed that five family members were victims of a “horrific” murder-suicide last week, according to county officials.

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Date: January 24, 2020        Murder-Suicide 
 
  
Victim Name: Bryson Ireland, 3
Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Ireland, 39
Relationship: Father
Town:  Vanceboro
County: Craven
Weapon: Firearm

North Carolina authorities have confirmed that five family members were victims of a “horrific” murder-suicide last week, according to county officials.

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Date: January 29, 2020  

Victim Name: Cassia Renee Duval, 29
Alleged Perpetrator: James Isaac Jones Jr., 33 and Ajelet Sahar Landero, 25
Relationship: Boyfriend and associate
Town: Granite Pikeville
County: Wayne
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Ms. Duval was 7 months pregnant at the time of her murder.

7-Months Pregnant Woman Who ‘Looked Forward to Being a Great Mom’ Is Found Slain in Car, Man Arrested.

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Date: February 5, 2020 

Victim Name: Nikolas Marquis Johnson, 22
Alleged Perpetrator: Barry Eugene Campbell, 23
Relationship: Ex-boyfriend of injured woman Maureen Chafatelli
Town:  Elon
County: Alamance
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Barry Campbell allegedly shot both Maureen Chafatelli and Nikolas Johnson the day after he and Ms. Chafatelli broke up. Ms. Chafatelli survived her injuries.

The shooting in Elon that left one man dead and a woman injured Wednesday, Feb. 5, has been deemed a domestic incident, according to Elon police.

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Date: February 24, 2020 

Victim Name: Joey Keith Boykin, 58
Alleged Perpetrator: Harriet McNair Boykin, 67
Relationship: Wife
Town:  Garner
County: Wake
Weapon: Blunt force trauma (baseball bat)

A Garner woman is charged with beating her husband on the head with a baseball bat.

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Date: March 1, 2020 

Victim Name: Tyler Adam Williams, 25
Alleged Perpetrator: Alisha Sweet Williams, 26
Relationship: Wife
Town:  Hamlet
County: Richmond
Weapon: Firearm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Hamlet woman with murdering her husband.

Alisha Sweet Williams, 26, of Lumbee Lane is charged with one felony count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Date: March 14, 2020      Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Christina Davis-Land, 52
Alleged Perpetrator: Paul Land, 52
Relationship: Husband
Town:  Salisbury
County: Rowan
Weapon: Firearm

Police say they responded to 201 Fairview Street in Salisbury just before 9:45 p.m. in reference to a welfare check. When they arrived, police found 52-year-old Christina Davis-Land dead with multiple gunshot wounds. 

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Date: March 15, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Jeannie Ray, 67
Alleged Perpetrator: Larry Don Ray, 66
Relationship: Husband
Town:  Moncure
County: Chatham
Weapon: Firearm

Seven family members died in a murder-suicide in Moncure on Sunday, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Date: March 15, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Helen Mason, 93
Alleged Perpetrator: Larry Don Ray, 66
Relationship: Family member
Town:  Moncure
County: Chatham
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Ms. Mason was allegedly killed during an incident in which Mr. Ray killed his wife and multiple other family members.

Seven family members died in a murder-suicide in Moncure on Sunday, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Date: March 15, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Ellis Max Mansfield, 73
Alleged Perpetrator: Larry Don Ray, 66
Relationship: Family member
Town:  Moncure
County: Chatham
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Mr. Mansfield was allegedly killed during an incident in which Mr. Ray killed his wife and multiple other family members.

Seven family members died in a murder-suicide in Moncure on Sunday, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Date: March 15, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Lisa Mansfield, 54
Alleged Perpetrator: Larry Don Ray, 66
Relationship: Family member
Town:  Moncure
County: Chatham
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Ms. Mansfield was allegedly killed during an incident in which Mr. Ray killed his wife and multiple other family members.

Seven family members died in a murder-suicide in Moncure on Sunday, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Date: March 15, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: John Paul Sanderford, 41
Alleged Perpetrator: Larry Don Ray, 66
Relationship: Family member
Town:  Moncure
County: Chatham
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Mr. Sanderford was allegedly killed during an incident in which Mr. Ray killed his wife and multiple other family members.

Seven family members died in a murder-suicide in Moncure on Sunday, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Date: March 15, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Nicole Lynn Sanderford, 39
Alleged Perpetrator: Larry Don Ray, 66
Relationship: Family member
Town:  Moncure
County: Chatham
Weapon: Firearm

Note: Ms. Sanderford was allegedly killed during an incident in which Mr. Ray killed his wife and multiple other family members.

Seven family members died in a murder-suicide in Moncure on Sunday, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Date:  March 21, 2020

Victim Name: Toni Handy, 43
Alleged Perpetrator: Christopher Mock
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Winston-Salem
County: Forsyth
Weapon: Firearm

Family: Boyfriend told murder victim’s family she had COVID-19 prior to her disappearance, death,

Dawson says she knew right away that was a lie and family members alerted police to file a missing persons report.

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Date: March 23, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Felicia Lynette Lindsey, 38
Alleged Perpetrator: William Michael Lindsey, 46
Relationship: Husband
Town:  Greenville
County: Pitt
Weapon: Firearm

The sheriff’s office says at about 2:11 in the afternoon, deputies and paramedics from Pitt County E.M.S., responded to 1211 Frankie Coburn Rd. Greenville for a reported shooting.

When deputies arrived on the scene they discovered two victims dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

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Date: March 25, 2020

Victim Name: Brittany Irwin, 26
Alleged Perpetrator: Marshall Hollingsworth
Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
Town:  Fayetteville
County: Cumberland
Weapon: Firearm

A Fayetteville mother died after she was shot inside her home with four family members nearby, including her two young kids.

The victim’s brother identified her as 26-year-old Brittany Irwin.

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Date: March 26, 2020 
 
Victim Name: Carol Joan Hampton, 71
Alleged Perpetrator: William Maxwell Hampton, 75
Relationship: Husband
Town:  Camden
County: Camden
Weapon: Blunt force trauma, unknown

A Camden man charged with murder in the death of his wife Thursday was the dockmaster at a popular local marina. William Maxwell Hampton, 75, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Carol Joan Hampton, 71, according to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $2 million secured bond.

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Date:  March 31, 2020 

Victim Name: Lindsay Rae Webb, 21
Alleged Perpetrator: William Kyle Parker, 23
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Clayton
County: Johnston
Weapon: Firearm
Note: Lindsay’s father Ray Eugene Webb, 45, was also shot during this incident but survived his injuries. He allegedly shot and killed Mr. Parker. No charges are expected.

A man and a woman were killed and a third person was injured early Tuesday morning in a shooting at a Johnston County home.

Deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on Richmond Drive in Clayton around 2:30 a.m. They said Lindsay Rae Webb, 21, and William Kyle Parker, 23, were found dead outside the home — one in the front yard and the other in the backyard.

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Date:  April 8, 2020 

Victim Name: Wendy Lynn Bryant, 43
Alleged Perpetrator: Craig Allen Barnes, 35
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Sanford
County: Lee
Weapon: Firearm

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Sanford man for the murder of his girlfriend.  Deputies were called to a home on Edwards Road shortly after 7:00pm Tuesday for a shooting.

Deputies found 43 year-old Wendy Lynn Bryant in the yard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  She died on board a helicopter while being transported to a trauma center.

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Date:  April 14, 2020 (approximate) 

Victim Name: Jasmina Judith Almendarez Zelaya, 30
Alleged Perpetrator: Jose Fernando Quiroz, 27
Relationship: Husband
Town:  Turkey
County: Sampson
Weapon: Unreleased

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for a missing mother of three who hasn’t been heard from in 10 days.

Family members of 30-year-old Jasmina Judith Almendarez Zelaya say they last heard from her on April 6.A missing persons report was filed on April 14.

Family members told ABC11 it is out of character for her to be out of contact.

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Date:  April 18, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Susan Thomas, 65
Alleged Perpetrator: Edward Thomas, 66
Relationship: Ex-husband
Town:  Graham
County: Alamance
Weapon: Firearm

Officers responded about 10:50 a.m. Saturday to 1506 Broadway Drive and found three people shot to death, police said in a news release. Police identified the victims as 65-year-old Susan Thomas, who lived at that address, 69-year-old Douglas Sheets of King and 66-year-old Edward Thomas of Burlington.

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Date:  April 18, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Douglas Sheets, 69
Alleged Perpetrator: Edward Thomas, 66
Relationship: None
Town:  Graham
County: Alamance
Weapon: Firearm
Note: Mr. Sheets was allegedly shot and killed by Mr. Thomas during an altercation in which he also allegedly killed his ex-wife.

Officers responded about 10:50 a.m. Saturday to 1506 Broadway Drive and found three people shot to death, police said in a news release. Police identified the victims as 65-year-old Susan Thomas, who lived at that address, 69-year-old Douglas Sheets of King and 66-year-old Edward Thomas of Burlington.

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Date:  April 28, 2020  Murder-Suicide

Victim Name: Monalisa McMillian, 19
Alleged Perpetrator: William Jocoby Singletary, 29
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Bladenboro
County: Columbus
Weapon: Firearm

Monalisa McMillian, 19, was found deceased near the highway when deputies responded to a “domestic disturbance” call on US 701 just north of Williams Township School before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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Date:  May 2, 2020 

Victim Name: Jasmine Nicole Upsher, 23
Alleged Perpetrator: Terrance Laquan Scott, 28
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Garner
County: Wake
Weapon: Firearm

A recently hired Johnston County government employee was killed in a double shooting near Garner over-the-weekend.  The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that left one person dead and another with life-threatening injuries.

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Date:  May 4, 2020 

Victim Name: Carolyn Moseley Walker, 86
Alleged Perpetrator: William Walker, 86
Relationship: Husband
Town:  Madison
County: Rockingham
Weapon: Firearm

Just weeks before J. William “Bill’’ Walker killed his wife, Carolyn and himself, he told his sister-in-law that he planned to find an assisted living center where he and his ailing spouse of 30 years could remain together.

But something overtook reason in the mind of the doting husband on Monday afternoon.

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Date:  May 6, 2020 

Victim Name: Sierra Kathleen Henderson Ashburn, 28
Alleged Perpetrator: Brandon Thomas Shaw, 35
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Mount Airy
County: Surry
Weapon: Unknown

The search for Sierra Kathleen Henderson Ashburn, a missing North Carolina woman, ended abruptly when police discovered that her boyfriend, who reported her missing earlier that same day, was the one who killed her, authorities said.

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Date:  May 13, 2020 

Victim Name:Yelbi Garcia, 39
Alleged Perpetrator: Daniel Herrera, 52
Relationship: Husband
Town:  Snow Hill
County: Green
Weapon: Unknown

Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith says Yelbi Garcia, 39, was last seen at her home on Mary Dr. in Snow Hill around 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

At around 6:00 a.m. on Monday Smith says his office, along with the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, arrested her husband Daniel Herrera, 52, with an open count of murder in Garcia’s death.

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Date:  June 4, 2020 

Victim Name: Karen Barney, 54
Alleged Perpetrator: David Alan Brinson, 52
Relationship: Boyfriend
Town:  Clayton
County: Johnston
Weapon: Knife

David Alan Brinson, 52, was found in a hotel in Wilmington by local authorities. Officials charged him with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Karen Barney, 54, who was found in her apartment on the 600 block of N. O’Neil Street on Wednesday afternoon.

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