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Two dead in murder-suicide in Newton Grove

Posted September 18, 2009

— A man and woman from Clinton died in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday night, Newton Grove Police Chief Frankie Harrell said.

Daniel Bradley Drayton, 22, and Tammy Pickett, 20, were found dead inside a car parked in a lot outside a business at 206 Fayetteville St.

Harrell said it appeared that they pulled off the side of the road at a random point, then Drayton shot Pickett and himself.

Authorities have not commented on the relationship between the two.


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  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    A tragedy it is. My condolence to their family. Suicide does not solve the problem.

  • Proud Wife and Mother Sep 18, 2009

    luvtoshag, do you know where I can read about this story that you mentioned? I am from Sampson County originally and would like to know more.

  • 2beachy4u Sep 18, 2009

    God bless the families involved. This is a tragedy.

  • radar1120 Sep 18, 2009

    luvtoshag: Which cemetery near Spivey's Corner did the other suicide take place?

  • beachboater Sep 18, 2009

    There is yet another suspected murder suicide in Mount Olive also. What is going on with these young people to be so desparate?

  • concerncitizen Sep 18, 2009

    It's Sad! But we have got to do something that will allow our young ladies a chance to make better choices in male friends! It appears this young man had issues! Parents of these boys have got to take hard looks at and pay attention to the words and body language of their sons!

  • hiyadun Sep 18, 2009

    AWFUL!! i've lost 2 people i love to suicide and the question we will never know is WHY? what is going through their minds? in this instance what was going through this young lady's mind as he pulled the trigger? what was he thinking as he pulled the trigger not once, but twice? such a tragedy. Sending prayers!

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  • garden Sep 18, 2009

    So young! And so very sad.

  • luvtoshag Sep 18, 2009

    There was another apparent suicide about 15 miles from there on Hwy. 13, near Spivey's Corner in a church cemetary last night. Very sad.