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Mother found bodies of daughter, son-in-law in murder-suicide

Posted December 4, 2012

— The bodies of a Holly Springs couple who died in a murder-suicide at their home were discovered by the female victim’s mother, according to a 911 call released Tuesday.

In the emotional, five-minute phone call made Monday morning, a woman tells an emergency call-taker, “He shot my daughter to death, I think. I couldn’t look.”

The call sent authorities to the home at 223 Hidden Stream Drive in the Wood Creek subdivision, where investigators found Robert and Amber Seymore, both 38, shot to death inside.

Holly Springs police said Tuesday that a report from the state medical examiner confirmed Robert Seymore shot his wife in the head with a handgun before turning the gun on himself. No suicide note was found.

Investigators said they believed the murder-suicide was sparked by a domestic dispute between the couple earlier that morning. Amber Seymore also called 911 on Nov. 23 because she wanted officers at the home for safety while Robert moved out, police said.

The Seymores had three children ages 2, 6, and 8. A person that police described Monday as a visiting relative had taken the older children to school and returned to the home to find the bodies.

She took the 2-year-old and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

“I got the baby…I think they’re both dead,” the woman said in the 911 call, describing a bloody scene. “I opened the door and they’re both dead on the floor.”

The woman initially gave the call-taker an incorrect address, but the call-taker was able to obtain the right address from the woman’s cell phone location. While waiting for officers, the woman told the call-taker that a firefighter had arrived to help.

She also told the call-taker that Robert Seymore was a cop. A passer-by, who said the woman flagged him down, got on the phone relayed to the call-taker that the woman said the deceased man was a retired park police officer from California.


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  • Jonezgrl Dec 14, 2012

    Goalflinger........how can you even think the woman "was in any way contributory to his actions?" You MUST be kidding. NO MATTER what anyone does, it does not give ANYONE thr right to kill someone.

  • goalflinger Dec 5, 2012

    There is NEVER any good excuse for physical violence. What we don't know is, was she in any way contributory to his actions? He does not sound like a man who would just pick up a gun and kill someone without being provoked in some major way..and to what extent? Again, not excusing what happened.

  • dukefanv12 Dec 5, 2012

    monami - my opinion is that the majority of the fault is with the shooter, and, (I am specualating) that there is a portion of the fault with the deceased.

    Apparently you fail to see any copability with the deceased, and blame the shooter 100%.

    News Flash: the world is not black and white.

  • monami Dec 5, 2012

    computer trainer: I realize abuse goes both ways - no question. In this case, the man shot the woman. I wasn't speculating; I was relying on the information published by law enforcement.

    dukefanv12 - apparently you are blaming the victim

  • Trusting Dec 5, 2012

    Please let the public know if a fund is being set up for these 3 children.

  • Trusting Dec 5, 2012

    If I had had my heart's desire I would have gone to Holly Springs and held those 3 precious angels in my arms all night long. I would have cried with them and held them as long as they wanted me too. I could not imagine the torture this grandmother and the rest of this family is going through. Not being able to have a child of my own - this situation just cuts even deeper to my soul Praying deeply for this whole family.

  • ellenfriend Dec 4, 2012

    Please let's remember 3 little victims who are now going into a not-so happy Christmas season, which will now forever be tainted for them. :(

  • Poppy0120 Dec 4, 2012

    "Actually, JAT, the cycle of domestic violence usually begins after the marriage. Things start out all lovely, then when he "has her" he starts to attempt the controlling and abusive behavior. It's all part of the cycle. And the more he abuses, the more it erodes the spouse's self worth, thus exacerbating the cycle, which is quite complex. But I agree, if he hits you once, he will do it again."

    Sadly, the cycle often begins before marriage, ranging from subtle to overt signs.

  • dukefanv12 Dec 4, 2012

    "Are you having the audacity to blame the victim here?!"

    Are you having the audacity to be judge, jury and executioner, before the body is cold? Are you have the audacity to tell me there isn't three sides to this story?

    We can do all the reading we want, but it can't replace the (your) lack of common sense.

  • storchheim Dec 4, 2012

    A Man protects those who are weaker and smaller - and just about everything is.

    It's easy to lash out, destroy, kill. It's hard to walk away, esp when your ego is involved, but the real warrior is one who has conquered him/herself.