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4 Slayings in Week Make Fayetteville Residents Uneasy

Posted November 8, 2007
Updated November 9, 2007

— Some local residents were on edge Thursday following four slayings within a week.

The four cases are unrelated, according to police, but they pushed the total for the year to 18, making 2007 the deadliest year in Fayetteville since 2002, when 21 people were slain.

Last year, 15 homicides were reported in Fayetteville, up from 12 in 2005.

"It's just a coincidence that we happen to have four in one week," said Jamie Smith, spokeswoman for the Fayetteville Police Department.

The victim of the latest homicide was identified Thursday as Lori A. Beaudry, 42, of 6720 Water Trail Drive, Apt. 103.

Beaudry's body was found Tuesday morning by officers canvassing the area around Meadowbrook Apartments after receiving a report of a break-in nearby, police said. She was found face-down on the bed with pillows stacked on her head, and it appeared someone had rummaged through the apartment.

Police haven't disclosed how Beaudry was killed, and no information as to a possible motive or potential suspects has been released.

Her husband, Spc. Joseph Beaudry, was training at Fort Bragg at the time of her death and returned home while police were at the scene, police said.

Joseph Beaudry, who recently returned from a 15-month deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom, is assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Lori Beaudry was on a leave of absence from her tutoring job at Mesa Community College in Arizona and had moved to Fayetteville to see her husband, whom she married before he deployed last year.

Neighbors said her slaying has left them uneasy, they said.

"We don't know if that person is still out there or who the suspects are," neighbor Patricia McRae said.

The other three homicides are as follows:

  • Tremayne Hubbard, 36, was shot and killed on Oct. 30 at the Tropical Motel, at 4306 Bragg Blvd. Two Fort Bragg soldiers have been charged with second-degree murder in the case, and two other people have been charged as accessories.
  • Weldon Baker, 47, was shot by two men on Nov. 2 after he noticed them acting suspiciously on Wichita Drive and said something to them, police said.
  • Maria Pena, 42, was found beaten to death on Nov. 3 on a dirt path off Sycamore Dairy Road.

Police haven't made any arrests in the murders of Baker, Pena and Beaudry.


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  • Nancy Nov 9, 2007

    "NANCY; thanks for the stats. Those of us who live in Fayetteville already know this.

    The only news that we get to see on WRAL regarding Fayetteville, is usually about a dead body, rape or burglery.

    That's why I'm looking to leave."

    You're welcome - while murder and rape are moreso found in Durham, the other crime numbers don't bode well for F'ville.

  • mom2threecld Nov 9, 2007

    I lived in fayetnam 21 years ago, they had several murders in a short period of time they said were unrelated only it ended up to be the same person committed all 3 murders.

  • TLC2 Nov 9, 2007

    Here lately there does seem to be a high murder ratio in Fayetteville. I live between Eastover and Stedman out in the county and I won't come in to town after 5:00pm. I would have to drive thru E. Fayetteville to get say to the mall area and its' not safe... My brother is a police officer and he tells me only in daylight or if I'm with other people...

  • TheWB Nov 9, 2007

    You'll never catch me defending Fayetteville, as in the "City of." As a matter of fact I moved out of my 20+ year home in order to escape their Big Bang money grab forced annexation. However, the area around Fayetteville it is not that bad, we have some of the best schools in the state here in Cumberland County and excluding the rough areas of the city, the county elsewhere is a pleasant place to live.

  • pleshy Nov 9, 2007

    Yes, but I prefer to perform such charity on places where I am less likely to be killed, robbed or otherwise assaulted. I only go to Fayette-nam when my client's needs require it, and I am always, always, gone before dark. And I never drive the "Merk," even in daylight. I treat Durham and Southeast Raleigh/Garner the same way.

  • NCMOMof3 Nov 9, 2007

    lets see Pleshy, you can help out at your child's school, there is church, there are rest homes that can use volunteers. I'm sure youth sports can always use an extra hand or 2. What about your local fire station or rescue squad? I understand they are in need of volunteers. I hesitate to say church as people are touchy about religion but try joining a local congregation of your choice and volunteer opportunities abound. Then there is the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the list can go on and on. See, we don't need to entertain YOU, you should be out there looking to help your community, help your children, help your eldery, help those less fortunate. Then people wouldn't be bored and there would be less crime to report. I know for myself by the time I work, take care of my kids, work the PTA, and church groups, I don't have time for trouble and neither do my children because they are with me

  • pleshy Nov 9, 2007

    What else is there to do in Fayette - Nam besides strip clubs, crime, cheap electronics at the pawn shops and nearly new cars at the used car lots.

  • TheWB Nov 9, 2007


    And everybody that types in caps is a pit sniffer.

  • Con Amor Nov 9, 2007

    Seems like I'm seeing 2-5 murders a WEEK reported in fayetteville!!! Glad I dont live there.

  • jeffthompson Nov 9, 2007

    AMEN...NCMOMof3....I live here in Charlotte and we have had over 60 some murders this year...that is average for Charlotte...he had 4 murders in 72hrs 2 days ago...Charlotte is a WONDERFUL city...it has boomed more than any city in the state...but all you here about Charlotte is bad news...the media thrives on it...EVERY city has good areas and bad areas...Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Winstno-Salem...ALL have their share of crime...if you want to find trouble...you can find it in any town...large or small.