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Victim of Rocky Mount church stabbing returns home

Posted December 7, 2007
Updated October 9, 2008

— Family members said on Thursday that the survivor of a stabbing at a church in Rocky Mount has returned home.

Eve Beasley, 60, and her longtime friend, Debbie Kornegay, each were stabbedby multiple times inside the kitchen at Lakeside Baptist Church on Oct. 18. Kornegay died of her wounds.

Beasley spent seven weeks recovering at Pitt Memorial Hospital from 10 stab wounds. She will continue out-patient physcial therapy, family members said.

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.

Beasley's children – Billy Beasley of Fuquay-Varina, Macon Fritsch of Knoxville, Tenn., and Amanda Beasley of Raleigh – temporarily moved to Greenville to stay at their mother's side while she was in the hospital.

A drifter, Tommy Lee Holiday, 30, confessed to attacking Beasley and Kornegay, police said. Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty for charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Both women worked for Meals on Wheels and were preparing food for delivery when the attacks occurred.


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  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 8, 2007

    I have followed this story from the start and am so happy for Mrs Beasley and her family that she is recovering from the physical wounds suffered in this attack. My thoughts and prayers continue for her, her family, and the Kornegay family. I wish all the merriest Christmas ever and remember that Christ is the reason for the season and he has blessed this recovery!

  • EricaSliver Dec 7, 2007

    I'm so glad you are at home recovering, Mrs. Beasley. This terrible tragedy that befell you and Mrs. Kornegay has haunted me. I wish you nothing but the best and I hope that justice is served. You are a wonderful person! Merry Christmas!

  • Dido Dec 7, 2007

    Nice to see that most people are taking this story seriously...this truly has to be the greatest gift anyone in Mrs. Beasley's family could ask for. Glad she is home with her loved ones for Christmas. It is sad the Kornegay family cannot have the same opportunity.

  • IHave1-2 Dec 7, 2007

    What a miracle! Welcome home! :)

  • rogerkneebend Dec 7, 2007

    I used to go to school with her son Billy. I am glad that she is alright and that he still has her on this earth.

  • briteside Dec 7, 2007

    My prayers are with Eve and her family. May they all stay strong.

  • IhateForeignOil Dec 7, 2007

    God Bless Eve and her family. Glad she is home in time for christmas.

  • Sessy - Italiana Dec 7, 2007

    Bless her heart.

  • just my2cents Dec 7, 2007

    God bless you Eve. You have fought a long hard fight, I am thankful you are home.

  • 39 going on 25 Dec 7, 2007

    Welcome home!!