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79-year-old Spring Lake man charged in death of wife, daughter

Posted September 15

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— A 79-year-old Cumberland County man called 911 early Thursday to tell police that he shot and killed his 84-year-old wife and 55-year-old daughter, Spring Lake police said.

Bobby King made the call at about 9 a.m. from his family home in the 100 block of Diane Circle, according to police.

Authorities said when they entered the home they found King's wife, Dorthy R. King, and his daughter, Cynthia King, dead from gunshot wounds. A 9-millimeter gun was recovered from the home.

"They meant the world to me. My grandmother was the best grandmother ever," said Bobby King's granddaughter, Karen Evans.

Karen King said her grandparents had health issues and that Cynthia had recently moved in with the couple to be their primary care giver.

"My grandfather had dementia. He suffered from depression," Evans said.

Neighbors described Dorthy King as a "wonderful church going lady."

"I was flabbergasted. It's unfathomable something like this would happen to dear friends in the neighborhood," said Regina Thompson Xadu.

Family members are now struggling to come to terms with the loss.

"Maybe you could just lift us up in prayer. Keep us in mind, and enjoy everyday with family," Evans said.

King was charged Thursday night with two counts of first-degree murder. He was being held without bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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  • Anne Havisham Sep 16, 12:23 p.m.
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    Kris Dawn, thank you for sharing your knowledge and your compassion. Both are very much needed in this situation.

  • Kris Dawn Sep 16, 11:53 a.m.
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    People with dementia can completely freak out and not know who anyone is - then in a blink of an eye realize what has happened. I have seen people try to attack their loved ones, I mean people who can not move normally get this burst of energy out of fear and try to hurt someone because they think they are being harmed or going to be.

    This is sad all the way around - and I don't think he needs to sit in prison for the rest of his life - he is sick. How they think this was planned or pre-mediated is beyond me.

    This by no means make up for the loss. But this family lost three people - two physically.