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Authorities: Ambush Slaying Was Random Act

Posted April 2, 2008

— The shooting death of a Fayetteville woman on a remote Robeson County road early Tuesday was a random act of violence, authorities said Wednesday.

Jessica Cahoon, 26, had gone to Robeson County with her boyfriend, Antonio Locklear, on Monday night to celebrate his mother's birthday. They were headed home after midnight in her Honda Civic when three men in a champagne-colored Cadillac forced them to stop on Old Red Springs Road between Red Springs and Maxton, authorities said.

"They were going down the road, and the guys sped up to her and they started shooting at the engine of the car," said Eric Cahoon, Cahoon's older brother.

Jessica Cahoon was shot in the head, and the assailants grabbed her gold necklace, her brother said.

"Her boyfriend got out and pulled out everything he had on him, and was, like, 'Please, take it. Leave us alone,'" he said.

Locklear was shot in the arm but managed to run into some nearby woods to hide before making his way to a house to call for help, authorities said.

Jessica Cahoon worked at a Holiday Inn off Interstate 95 in Fayetteville for eight years, most recently as sales manager. Her brother said she and Locklear lived with her mother so they could save money.

"Her ultimate goal was to get enough money saved up and have the family – the two-and-a-half kids," Eric Cahoon said.

He said he was willing to put up $5,000 as a reward for information leading to arrests in the case.

"I just want these guys to get justice," he said.


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  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Apr 3, 2008

    Hate crime!

  • Nope Apr 3, 2008

    This doesn't feel random to me.

  • mugofstout2 Apr 3, 2008

    So is this going to be another gang initiation? Or did the boyfriend do it?

  • dplowman Apr 3, 2008

    I want to know if these people that did this were on probation as well?

  • Reader Apr 3, 2008

    Sounds odd to me, too. Why would the assailants leave a witness who was standing there long enough to empty his pockets after they had obviously killed the girl?

  • Bechtellaw Apr 3, 2008

    I know there are a lot of random acts of violence but something about this story just doesn't make sense to me. I will have to be the one to say I truly do not believe it was random however I pray I am wrong. I will be watching this one closely because I am not buying this story.

  • Tripwire Apr 3, 2008

    Random Highway robbery? It's sad that the victims may have simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time especially since they had every right to be there. Sometimes I wonder why something like this happens to innocent defenseless people and not to someone like me who might happen to have his Mac-10 in the car with him. Maybe the next person they try this on will happen to be an ex-ranger or spec ops shooter and they will get their just deserts. My sympathies to the victims families and friends.

  • enoughsenough Apr 3, 2008

    Arm yourself!!!!!

  • Sidekick Apr 3, 2008

    Should be able to catch these guys. There was an eye witness.

  • CestLaVie Apr 3, 2008

    Maybe a random act, but certainly not random stupidity. Too much of it out there these days. Did they add it to the water along with the fluoride years ago??

    My prayers to this young lady, her family & friends.