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Authorities: Mother, daughter stabbed, set ablaze

Posted July 16, 2009

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— A woman and her 13-year-old daughter were stabbed before someone tried to set their bodies on fire to hide the crime, authorities said Thursday.

Robeson County Sheriff's Lt. Reggie Strickland saw smoke coming from his sister's mobile home, at 171 Lonnie Farm Road, on Sunday morning and went to investigate, Maj. Howard Branch of the sheriff's office said.

Strickland found the bodies of Delilah Locklear, 51, and her daughter, Erica, in a bedroom at the home.

Authorities said the bodies weren't severely burned, and a preliminary autopsy determined they were stabbed several times and were dead when the fire started.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.


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  • lovesanimals Jul 16, 2009

    So sad. May this mom and her daughter rest in peace. God Speed

  • Caring Jul 16, 2009

    So Sad! What is wrong with these people! Sick!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 16, 2009

    They also have to consider the Sherriff's Lt., who found the bodies, as a suspect until he can be ruled out.

  • wcumom Jul 16, 2009

    Hope they catch whoever did this.

    I would like to think everyone would.
    Recession is no excuse for crime or bad behavior,but I have been reading that certain one's use it as a form of "reason".

  • sfate61 Jul 16, 2009

    This is terrible. I also hope whoever did this is caught right away.

  • ncsu91938 Jul 16, 2009

    Hope they catch whoever did this.