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Miss UNC-Pembroke, Sister Accused Of Assaulting Pregnant Woman

Posted October 2, 2003

— Things have gone from bad to worse for the Robeson County beauty queen. Miss UNC-Pembroke Aja Locklear is accused of beating a pregnant woman.

According to reports, Victoria Lowry was headed to Lumberton when she stopped at an intersection and Locklear alleged rammed into the back of her car. According to court documents, Locklear dragged Lowry from her car, began beating her, punching her in the face and kicking her in the stomach.

"I don't know if it's true. I don't know, but me being pregnant, I think that's just wrong completely," student Loren Roy said.

"I was, like, 'Man, this woman represents our school, so what kind of reputation is our school getting? It's sad,'" Shannon Freshcorn said.

Locklear's lawyer said she denies any wrongdoing. In fact, she is accusing Lowry of assault. University officials said Locklear, who won her crown on a platform attacking domestic violence, will keep her crown at least for now.

"She's a junior, a very, very hard-working student and person. She's been a great representative for our university," university spokesman Scott Bigelow said.

If Locklear loses the title, first runner-up Robyn Baker will get it. Meanwhile, Locklear's younger sister is also caught up in the controversy. Lowry has also accused her of assault. It is not known if the girls knew each other.

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