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Hoke sheriff: Bragg soldier killed wife, himself

Posted December 13, 2011

— A Fort Bragg soldier who recently returned from Iraq shot and killed his wife before turning a gun on himself, Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Tuesday.

Deputies responded to 115 Patolly Place, off U.S. Highway 401 northeast of Raeford, after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor late Saturday. They found two people dead inside from gunshot wounds, Peterkin said, noting that the front door was open and the bodies could be seen inside.

Investigators determined that Seth Andrews, 24, killed Hillary Morgan Andrews and then committed suicide. Both were shot with a rifle, Peterkin said.

Suspect in murder-suicide recently returned from Iraq Suspect in murder-suicide recently returned from Iraq

Fort Bragg officials said Staff Sgt. Seth Andrews was was an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He returned from a six-month deployment to Iraq Nov. 26 and Nov. 29, officials said.

Soldiers returning from overseas deployments have a formal process to get them reacclimated to family life, called Separation and Reunion. It was developed after four Fort Bragg soldiers killed their spouses after returning from a 2002 deployment to Afghanistan.

A neighbor said the Andrews weren't very sociable, but she saw them laughing together Saturday afternoon.

The case remains under investigation.


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  • RM24 Dec 15, 2011

    WRAL if your not going to allow any post get thru then please just close comment section down!

  • mboogie67 Dec 14, 2011


    this was posted on one of her friends pages after her death

  • eyeoneastsky Dec 13, 2011

    I believe there will be a lot of this happening. War is Hell and we can't begin to know what our troops have been through.

  • dunkin Dec 13, 2011

    scott_m99 sad but true in a lot of cases. I've seen it

  • miseem Dec 13, 2011

    Could part of the problem be that these returning vets don't feel that they accomplished anything? In WWII, we turned back the Axis, in Korea, at least we established a democracy, although it took twenty years to take hold. When we leave Iraq and Afghanistan, what have we accomplished?

  • GulfWarVet Dec 13, 2011

    My heart is sickened over another senseless tragedy. Only those deployed can honestly know what's probably gone through this soldier's mind. The challenges that led up to the tragic decision are CERTAINLY not being correctly addressed during the separation and reunion time. Prayers for all impacted.

  • GulfWarVet Dec 13, 2011

    Since 9/11/2011: (as according to the DoD) from 10/7/01 - 9/6/11

    • 108,974 Total War Zone Casualties

    o 6,211 Deaths (6%), Includes 298 War Zone Suicides

    o 45,889 Non-Fatal Wounded in Action (42%)

    o 56,874 Non-Fatal Medical Evacuations Due to Injury or Disease (52%)

  • flashsparks Dec 13, 2011

    True, while I don't know what happened in this case, I do know the problems that my nephew has had since he came back from over a year in Iraq. That's one reason why I am such an ardent support of our military and our vets. And I absolutely despise people like Not Again trying to make this political.

  • GulfWarVet Dec 13, 2011

    Interesting math, usemailinator. According to Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, “True Cost of War,” Sep. 30, 2010, the estimate for the next 40yrs, let alone 50yrs, shall top $900 BILLION to care for the veterans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan thru 2013.

  • alyratcat Dec 13, 2011

    Half of these comments are really ticking me off royally. Not only was this man a great friend to both my husband and I, so much so he was a brother to us BUT he was also a great soldier. You don't know what happened, we don't know what caused this , so stop with your speculation and focus on the fact that people out here are grieving for the loss of two wonderful, amazing people! Like this tragedy isn't hard enough already