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Mother, father fatally shot in Princeville

Posted March 19, 2012

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— Princeville police are investigating the shooting deaths of a mother and father who were killed inside their Edgecombe County home Sunday night.

Chief Joey Petway said Monday that 911 operators received a report of gunfire around 8:24 p.m. at a house at 307 Geddie Ave.

Officers found Quantellis Carr, 33, and his girlfriend, Jasmine Chesson, 31, dead inside. None of the couple’s five children – three of whom were from previous relationships – was home at the time.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Princeville police at 252-641-7911.

Investigators have not offered a motive for the crime, but family members and friends said Monday that they have no idea why anyone would want to hurt the couple.

"He would never bother anybody. He was so nice. If he could do anything for you, he would," Carr’s sister, Chemere Carr, said. "They were good people. I just don’t understand why anyone would do this to them."

Family members said the couple had been shot in the head and that police told them that there was no forced entry into the home – leading investigators to believe the victims knew their killer or killers.

"I think it’s terrible. I think it’s heartless. I think it’s cruel," Chesson’s friend, Beatrice Pitt, said. "I think that whoever did it, whenever they catch them – and I most definitely hope they catch them – I think that they need to suffer the same way that they made them suffer."

Geraldine Batchelor, who lives next door to the couple, said she heard what sounded like shattered glass at the time of the shooting.

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She said the couple was quiet but had a lot of visitors.

"I'd see cars coming and going, coming and going," she said. "For why, I don't know."

Chemere Carr said her brother had been released from jail last May after serving 18 months in prison for a drug conviction but that he had been working to turn around his life for his family.

Both he and his girlfriend were out of work, she said.

The children are now in the care of other family members.

"I just don't understand why anyone would do this to them," Chemere Carr said. "Now these kids have to suffer. We're all they have left."


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  • tarheelsindurham Mar 21, 2012

    People, people.....don't speak on assumption only. You can only ASSUME this couple dealt drugs, you don't know that for sure, so if you don't know, you shouldn't assume. I know this family, and can assure you drugs were not involved. Speak for what you know....not for what you want to see. His past was just that -- his PAST, not his present!! Did you ever think that maybe there was traffic in and out alot because they had lots of friends and family?? No.....everyone is assuming drugs just due to traffic. With 5 children and a large family, of course there was always traffic. Like I said, speak what you know....not what you WANT to know. If you want to talk about something,talk to GOD and ask HIM to help those children cope and the couple's parents bear this load. Remember, they were somebody's son and daughter, and 5 kids now have no parents.

  • peppercorns Mar 20, 2012

    Drug dealers are not "children of God". They are the lowest form of life. These people may or may not have been involved in drugs but the odds are good they were. I don't live in an Ivory Tower. I would turn in my own son if he were a drug dealer. Drugs are wicked and their acceptance has made it a wicked world.

  • hazel12 Mar 20, 2012

    It is easy to sit on an "Ivory Towers" and pass judgement on others. I fail to see any compassion for these two people who were children of God regardless. This is a wicked world we live in. Who to say what the reason were that they were killed? HMS

  • dae66 Mar 20, 2012

    I lived across from someone who had cars coming and going all the time. They were arrested on drug charges. It's just suspicious and if these people were dealing with druggies, it is never a safe choice. Not saying that they were, but it is suspicious. God bless the family, especially the children. Very sad.

  • lumberman Mar 20, 2012

    If the neighbor would have called the law and told the officer that there was a lot of different people coming and going all the time it might have saved those two people their lives. After a long time neighbor of mine died the family rented the house out. The new renter had people coming and going day and night. The visitors would go in stay a minute then come out and leave. I called the law they went and talked to the renter and with in a week he was gone. Coincidence that he left so quickly I do not think so.

  • jenniferlnodine Mar 20, 2012

    Convicted felons can't own a gun legally. duh. Cars in and out, no jobs, released from prison for drugs. Either he was dealing again or he ratted out someone when he was inside. That's how the drug world works. There is a point of no return that you can reach where you just know too much potentially damaging information on people. Once you get pinched, or want to turn your life around, you're a liability to be disposed of.

  • Tom Morrow Mar 20, 2012

    "I just hope those two young people had their hearts fixed with Jesus. Lord help their children."

    What if they were Jewish?

  • davidk_at_unc Mar 20, 2012

    "Carr probably wished he had access to a gun at the time of his death to defend himself and Ms. Chesson. If you choose not to own a gun to protect yourself, don't own one."
    -- sillywabbitthepatriot

    How do you know he didn't?

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 20, 2012

    Another example of why the Federal goverment should not be in the Education business.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Mar 20, 2012

    "its so funny to see how many people will defend their right to bear arms"

    Carr probably wished he had access to a gun at the time of his death to defend himself and Ms. Chesson.

    If you choose not to own a gun to protect yourself, don't own one.