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Henderson mom died from gunshots wounds to head, chest

Posted July 21, 2011

— A Henderson woman whose 15-year-old son is charged in her death died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and the chest, an autopsy report released Thursday found.

Letitia Hammond, 33, was shot six times on the right side of her body, including twice in the arm, chest and head, according to the report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.

Henderson police said that Hammond's 13-year-old daughter found her mother's body in their home on South Carolina Avenue on June 15.

Authorities haven't disclosed a possible motive in the case but said it wasn't a robbery.

Hammond's son, whose name has not been released, faces a charge of first-degree murder.


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  • Outforjustice Jul 22, 2011

    JP11 your commentary is riddled with some sort of "undertone"?!? Two words for you to Google...TYLER HADLEY and ADAM SAPIKOWSKI!!! My point is that this type of violence is not isolated to a specific community or demographic. I think that many kids are desensitized when it comes to violence REGARDLESS of their race. Please let's not make this about our personal feelings toward any particular group and look at it for what it is. There are children IN ALL DEMOGRAPHICS who are disrespectful, out of control, troubled, violent, dysfunctional, mentally ill, criminal minded or just plain old MEAN/BAD/EVIL. Tyler Hadley, Adam Sapikowski, this guy in Henderson and countless others are horrible people and should be dealt with accordingly. The only stereotype or common thread that stands out to me is the one for some very EVIL, SELFISH, DEMENTED and HORRIBLE individuals.

  • BIG_RELIGION_tiny_minds Jul 21, 2011

    Video games? Ummmm, I'm pretty sure people of all ages have been killing people of all ages LONG BEFORE video games were conceptualized....

  • tarheel fan Jul 21, 2011

    People are saying you can't blame video games and I agree SOMEWHAT, but have to say my son is not allowed to play games where you can see blood squirt from someone as you blow their head off. These games glorify and use violence as entertainment. Now on the other hand, monitoring these games or disallowing and maybe some old fashioned sitting down and playing board games could have helped too, but we need to not allow certain things to be presented as exciting and entertaining when they are violent! This is quite sad and I am hoping the remaining family can find peace somehow!

  • Legally Here Jul 21, 2011


  • Mark Hayes Jul 21, 2011

    These are the families that Barber should be trying to reach ,I would bet this youg kid was in trouble way before this incident.

  • oleguy Jul 21, 2011

    The more at 4 program would have stopped this

  • ajoplin Jul 21, 2011

    The music. Get real. Truly laughable. Couple single parent family units poorly parenting with an increasingly disfunctional group of peers with little or no self-respect much less respect for others. You get an underclass with little or no morals.

  • cjspeaks Jul 21, 2011

    If kids today would use those hands to hold books instead of using them to hold up their pants and/or a gun, we would be in a better place. Our young men are not learning how to become men, because the older men are too busy trying to be young. I see it everyday and I am sick of it, I see more middle aged men with their pants hanging low and hats backwards,so where will the kid learn?

  • jp11 Jul 21, 2011

    Huhh....she raised him well! Where's baby's daddy! But I'm sure he was just starting to turn his life around and wanted to be president or a general. Must be a rich person's fault for flying on their jet and not giving him enough....everything.
    No way it could be his fault. Somebody, quicl, sue the neighbors, or a business. You know it's their fault.

  • Lblum Jul 21, 2011

    To blame it on music and video games is a cop out. I don't know...personal responsibility and effective parenting mean anything? Guess not.