Police: Teen kills father, stepmother at Whitakers home
Posted July 15, 2012
Updated July 16, 2012
Whitakers, N.C. — Police arrested a 17-year-old teen Sunday morning in the fatal shooting of his father and stepmother at a home in Nash County.
Jacob Whitfield faces two murder charges. He was placed in the Nash County jail and denied bond.
Police responded to a 911 call at a home, at 503 W. Taylor St. in Whitakers, around 11:30 p.m. Saturday and found both victims dead at the scene.
Neighbors told WRAL News that the shooting victims were Brian and Charisma Whitfield, but police have not released their names. No one else was injured.
Five people, including Whitfield, a friend, his parents and Whitfield's young brother, were in the home at the time of the shooting, police said. Neighbors said Whitfield's brother is about 10 years old.
Whitfield, who lives in Virginia with his mother, comes to Nash County periodically to visit his father and family, police said.
Neighbors told WRAL News that Charisma Whitfield celebrated her birthday Saturday prior to the shooting.
"It's just troubling to know that every time I look out my window now, I see that (house) as a grave," neighbor Charice Rosser said. "They were murdered there." Nash County teen charged in shooting death of father, stepmother
Ryan Saunders, who attended classes with Whitfield at Northern Nash High School before he moved to Virginia, said he didn't believe the news at first.
"This morning when I heard it, I definitely didn't believe it," he said.
Eric Barnes, another of Whitfield's classmates, said he was quiet.
"He never really talked to anybody, he was one of those people who stayed to himself," Barnes said.
No other information, including a motive for the shooting, was released.