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Two dead in Moore County murder-suicide

Posted January 13, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Two people were found dead early Tuesday in northern Moore County in what authorities have called a murder-suicide.

Deputies responded to a call about an emergency at 1648 Plank Road, about 3 miles east of Robbins, shortly before 7 a.m. and found two bodies inside the house, said Chief Deputy Neil Godfrey of the Moore County Sheriff's Office.

Rex Andrew Cockman, 43, and Margaret Harmon Cockman, 49, were shot to death, and investigators said one of the shootings was self-inflicted. No information was released as to who pulled the trigger in the shootings.

Rex Cockman's uncle, Russell Craddock, said the couple's 16-year-old daughter came to his home Tuesday morning, crying and screaming that her mother had a gun. He then called 911.

Moore County murder-suicide scene Two found dead in Moore County

"She came in and said, 'Mama's going to kill me.' I said, 'Your mama won't kill you here. You're safe in our house,'" said Craddock, who lives across the road from the Cockmans.

Margaret Cockman was laid off several months ago from a rest home in Carthage, and her husband was on disability, Craddock said.

"What may have triggered this, I have no idea," he said.

Other neighbors said they also were baffled by the shootings.

Teresa Jordan, who lives next door, described the Cockmans as quiet, friendly neighbors.

"I never heard anything (from them). Nothing," Jordan said.

Gene Roger Criscoe said he had known Rex Cockman for years. If anything was wrong between the couple, they never let on, he said.

"I saw him in passing, him and Maggie sitting on the porch," Criscoe said. "They were kind of like the rest of us. They had their ups and downs, I reckon. I never saw anything like this happen."


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  • Godschild43 Jan 13, 2009

    This is sad.My prayers goes out to the 16 year old.How sad that she had to see this.

  • bkallen04 Jan 13, 2009

    I'm so sorry for the girl, so sad.

  • boomylar Jan 13, 2009

    No information was released as to who pulled the trigger in the shootings.

    WRAL News has learned that a 16-year-old girl who lives in the home ran to a neighbor's house Tuesday morning to report that her mother had killed her father before turning the gun on herself.

  • anneonymousone Jan 13, 2009

    It is my hope that the young woman who survived this horrific situation has lots of good friends and community and school support.

    Therapy, honey, therapy---sooner, rather than later.

  • JAT Jan 13, 2009

    Very sad, that the parents decided to leave their kids alone, to destroy their lives, all because of whatever issues they had between the 2 of them. Let's hope the children have close relatives who can help fill the void.

  • iron fist Jan 13, 2009

    The daughter reported her mother had killed her father before turning the gun on herself. If this teen lived at the listed address anyone familar with the family will know the idenity.

  • IzzMad2016 Jan 13, 2009

    "Information about the identities of the victims, their relationship and a cause of death haven't been released"

    Yet WRAL listed the exact address in the article. Hopefully all appropriate next of kin had been notified because this would be an awful way to find something like this out.