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5-year-old killed in domestic violence incident on UNC campus

Posted August 20

— A five-year-old was killed following a domestic violence incident at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sunday morning.

According to a press release issued through the university's alert system, the incident occurred around 12:10 a.m. in a single-family residence at the Baity Hill family housing community.

Authorities said three individuals -- a husband, wife and their child -- were involved in the incident and a knife was used as a weapon.

The child was fatally wounded and the husband and wife were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, authorities said.

"It's devastating. I just can't imagine. You can't imagine anything like that happening to your kids, so to hear that happening to a child is just really horrible," said one mother who lives on the UNC campus.

Baity Hill, which is located behind the Smith Center on South Campus, is an apartment complex that houses graduate students and student families, according to the UNC website.

Authorities said the husband is a graduate student at UNC.

Students on campus said they woke up to what looked like an emergency, but had no idea it was something so tragic.

"In the morning, when I woke up, I started getting alerts from my email and text messages from family and friends talking about 'What's going on with you? What's going on at Baity Hill?' I was wondering what's going on and that's when I looked at my email and the actual official alert coming from Carolina, talking about it was a domestic situation going on," said student Gregory Davis.

Fall semester classes at the university are scheduled to begin Tuesday.


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  • Kelly Thornburg Aug 21, 12:55 p.m.
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    Interesting we are more than 36 hours out, and no identities or additional information has been released. What are you hiding, UNC?

  • Arthur Raleigh Aug 21, 6:25 a.m.
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    its all about respect but American society treaches and values the self over others. It's all about me me me

  • Andrew Trevillian Aug 20, 10:25 p.m.
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    Who stabbed the kid though?????

  • Kevin Stewart Aug 20, 10:08 p.m.
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    The devil is thriving in the world today..no gender, race, sexuality or religion is immune..the sad truth is all of these horrific acts are occurring so frequently people just become numb and it becomes the new norm...it shouldn't matter what our differences are treat each other with dignity, love and respect...so sad for this child to have endured this at the hands of a parent...there is a special place in hell waiting for them