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Survivor of Rocky Mount Church Stabbing Improving

Posted November 3, 2007
Updated November 4, 2007

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— The condition of the survivor of a church stabbing in Rocky Mount has improved, family members said Saturday.

Eve Beasley, 60, was moved Friday night from intensive care to intermediate care at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Billy Beasley said his mother was alert and responding to questions.

Her daughters, Macon Fritsch, who lives in Knoxville, Tenn., and Amanda Beasley, who works at and graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, have temporarily moved to Greenville to stay at their mother's side, along with their brother. Billy Beasley lives in Fuquay-Varina.

Eve Beasley and her longtime friend and coworker at Meals on Wheels, Debbie Kornegay, were preparing meals for delivery at Lakeside Baptist Church on Oct. 18. A drifter, Tommy Lee Holiday, 30, stabbed each of them multiple times, Rocky Mount police said.

Kornegay, 58, died at a local hospital. Family members said Beasley was stabbed 10 times.

Relatives said that in the hospital, Beasley roused herself enough to describe her attacker and ask a church secretary to call her children to tell them she loved them

"She was able to give a full description of the attacker, and that was crucial to the investigation," Billy Beasley said in an interview with WRAL in late October.

Police Chief John Manley said it appeared that Kornegay had invited Holiday inside to help him find a place to stay. She called several shelters, as well as her daughter, whom she gave a detailed description of Holiday.

Holiday confessed, police said, and was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery, among other counts. Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty.

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  • mommy2caroline Nov 5, 2007

    I pray for this lady because I know her survivor's guilt will be hard for her to handle. I hope she can draw on the support of others to help her continue to heal.

  • Scarecrow Cow Nov 4, 2007

    I agree with Nancy - I pray that her injuries do not impact her quality of life even if she heals. I can't imagine the horror of being stabbed so many times.

  • WRALSUCKS Nov 4, 2007

    Get well soon, and I wish the state still used "sparky"...

  • Nancy Nov 4, 2007

    I pray for her sake that this horrific attempt to kill her doesn't impact her and limit her psychologically the rest of her life, the physical will heal in time, but the damage to her mental well being can last and manifest over years. I hope she gets good quality therapy as soon as possible.

  • mayor Nov 4, 2007

    To the Beasley family - my heartfelt prayers and blessings as you watch your beloved mother become whole again. I have been so concerned about her - someone has already said, and I hope too, that she will not loose her obvious love for other people. LOL

  • retired and luv it Nov 4, 2007

    God bless Mrs Beasley and her family. I hope there isn t a place hot enough in hell for this murderer.

  • RN-EMTP Nov 4, 2007

    You would think that after working in the emergency department for 15 years I would not be surprised at the evil in people but I am. Thank the good Lord this lady survived and is recovering. I hope she doesn't lose her obvious love and caring for others. God bless her. Also praying for the family of the dear one lost. Have strength knowing she is safe and happy with Him now.

  • tazmeadowman Nov 4, 2007

    bless your heart

  • Run_Forrest_Run Nov 4, 2007

    Wonderful!!!!!! May she recovery quickly from this nightmare!!!!!