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'It's still not real to us:' Family reacts to woman, man found dead in bullet-riddled car

Posted August 14
Updated August 16

— The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a two people were found dead Monday afternoon inside a car in Sanford.

A person located the grey Toyota Camry, which had multiple bullet holes in the windshield and hood, on the side of a dirt path near Buffalo Lakes Road and Twin Ponds Road just after 3 p.m.

The person who found the vehicle went to a nearby convenience store, where a clerk dialed 911 and alerted deputies, who found the bodies of Bryant James Rosser, 27, and Kelcie Lynn Vann, 24, both of Lee County, in the front seat.

"I can now tell you there are multiple gunshots into the vehicle," said Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats.

 Bryant Rosser

The deaths are being investigated as a homicide and deputies said Rosser and Vann sustained gunshot wounds.

The car has been removed from the scene, but police said it is still a very active investigation.

Vann's father, Jason Vann, said he never expected to get the call he received Monday. His 24-year-old daughter's life was just beginning, as she had just finished dental school, and was looking for a job.

"It's just a shock. It's not something you ever want to bury your child," he said. "Kelcie was a wonderful, beautiful young girl that did not deserve this kind of tragedy."

Vann family

Vann's relatives called the victims "new friends" and may have been romantically linked. But they do not know why they were parked there and who may have killed them.

Vann's aunt, Laura Thomas, is composing a eulogy for her niece.

"She's our little butterfly. Our ray of sunshine," Thomas said. "It's still not real to us. It's so tragic."

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Authorities said they do not know the motive behind the shooting and have no suspect information.

Anybody with information is asked to call the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at 910-893-9111.


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  • Juan Monroy Aug 16, 5:09 p.m.
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    Bet it was a deal not talking bad about the guy but he was arrested for a drug bust not too long ago, who knows people are killing for no reason these days, just a sad outcome to both families, hope they catch the shooter/shooters

  • Joe Simpson Aug 16, 3:41 p.m.
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    Rosser's Facebook wall is somewhat illuminating.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Aug 16, 11:58 a.m.
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    I didn't speak ill of anyone, except the idgit who wants everyone to believe that the families of these murder victims, have nothing better to do than read a news feed comment section.

  • Timothy Sain Aug 16, 10:39 a.m.
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    Wayne R Douglas.... weren't you ever told "Don't speak ill of the dead", and by extension their families...talk about insensitive....your mamma didn't teach you right...

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 16, 9:06 a.m.
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    Whatever these two young people were doing there, they didn't deserve to be gunned down. There is at least one murderer on the loose, and that's what should concern us all. Prayers for the families of the victims. RIP

  • Jeffrey Derry Aug 15, 11:49 p.m.
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    So sad, God Bless the family, comfort them Lord.

  • Tim Orr Aug 15, 11:18 p.m.
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    Really dude? Use your brain for something other than keeping your skull from collapsing.

  • Pamela Knight Aug 15, 9:09 p.m.
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    Wayne Douglas I never said they were sitting there reading comments now but I am sure at some given point they will.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Aug 15, 6:44 p.m.
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    So you are saying that the family members of these two murder victims, would rather sit and read comments on a news feed, than to tend to their family member who died? They would rather read comments, than spend time with their families, mourning these deaths? If the family members were here reading comments, then they are not good family members. I would choose to believe that they have much more important things to do, than to sit and read these comments.

  • Pamela Knight Aug 15, 4:03 p.m.
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    I realize everyone is wondering what happened. However please remember that the family will probably see this and also that no matter the reason 2 young people are still gone and 2 families are mourning those deaths.