WRAL.com archive: Carthage nursing home massacre

Pinelake Health & RehabOn Sunday, March 29, 2009, a gunman shot and killed eight people and wounded three people in the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center in Carthage in Moore County. Carthage police officer Justin Garner, 25, stopped the gunman with a single shot to the chest.

The victims were Pinelake residents Tessie Garner, 75; Lillian Dunn, 89; Jesse Musser, 88; Bessie Hedrick, 78; John Goldston, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; Louise De Kler, 98; and nurse Jerry Avant Jr., 39. Police arrested Robert Stewart, 45, on eight charges of first-degree murder.

Trial coverage


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Other stories

Videos and audio

Remembering the victims

News conferences

Autopsy reports

Other links

Memorial fund

The North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association has created the Carthage Crisis Assistance Fund to help victims and their families. Contributions can be made at any branch of Capital Bank or sent payable to:

Carthage Crisis Assistance Fund
North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association
5109 Bur Oak Circle
Raleigh, N.C. 27612

In lieu of flowers, Pine Lake Health and Rehap asks contributions be made to the above fund.