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Two adults, two teens dead in Fayetteville shooting

Posted November 2, 2009
Updated November 3, 2009

— Four people were found shot to death at 314 West Park Drive in Fayetteville Monday night, police said.

The victims were a man and woman and two teenagers – a girl and boy – police spokeswoman Theresa Chance said. Their names were not released.

Property records show the house, which is valued at more than $500,000, is owned by William and Kathryn Maxwell.

Authorities said they are not searching for a suspect.

Family members went to the home Monday evening and found the four people dead, Chance said. They called 911 around 8:30 p.m.

"The (in-laws) were able to look right through the front window and see there were deceased bodies," Chance said.

When officers arrived, they looked through the window and saw a woman's body, Chance said. They entered the house and found the man and the boy. They found the girl's body further inside the residence.

Police stayed at the scene overnight and removed the bodies around 4:30 a.m.

Stay with WRAL.com for more on this developing story.


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  • tracker Nov 3, 2009

    Robert Larson, you have the point nailed... Yes, GUN is the only weapon (other than bombs, shells, nuclear weopons) with which a human (premeditated/instant snapping) can end lives of many others with this speed. Stabbing, beating with baseball, nothing can match the swiftness compared to GUN violence. I have lived in a country where if GUNs were readily accessible(available) would have been disastrous(as the country is a developing country with millions of youth unemployed and in poverty). Due to the unavailability of GUNs, these kind of mass murders are not to be heard. But ofcourse, stabbing, burglary and beating do happen. But the fatality numbers are minimal compared to that in US.

  • Adelinthe Nov 3, 2009

    This is terribly tragic for the surviving family members.

    People can snap in an instant. Sometimes it happens for little to no reason. It's certainly not something a rational mind can fathom, so conjecture is useless.

    Sending prayers or at least kind thoughts to those dealing with this tragedy however, has value.

    Sending prayers and kind thoughts then, and praying others are doing the same rather than trying to look for a place to point a finger of blame.

    God bless.


  • Robert Larson Nov 3, 2009

    if they were beaten by bats, or stabbed, they'd have a higher probability of being alive or having been able to escape. Ready access to guns makes taking life too easy. If people want to really kill each other they'll find a way. But they should have to work at it a little. This is why there's much less killing in all other countries. The U.S. has 300 times the killing per capita as other countries such as Japan (14.24 vs. 05 per 100,000. Stats don't lie. Guns also protect far fewer families from burglars than they kill children or spouses. Just sayin'.

  • clintoflannagan Nov 3, 2009

    First, thoughts and prayers to the family.

    Then, to Robert Larson: The presence of guns in the household lead to this tragedy? Right.

    So if someone had stabbed them to death we'd all have to take the knives out of our houses?

    Of if someone locked them in the garage and subjected them to exhaust and they died of CO poisoning we'd have to get rid of cars?

    Or if they were beaten with baseball bats?

    Etc. etc. etc.

  • Scubagirl Nov 3, 2009

    Very sad. One never knows what drives people to take this way out. Tragic for all involved and for those left behind.

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 3, 2009

    It's so sad and unfortunate to hear about this... could you imagine if you were that child that turned around and realized that your dad was holding a gun to you..

    This family's family is in my prayers

  • elcid89 Nov 3, 2009

    Once again, folks, 4 people died here. Using this article as a forum on which to engage in using their deaths as an argument for or against one's personal beefs is somewhat obscene. It doesn't seem much different to me than discussing it at the funerals would be. Show these folks some dignity.

  • Sauratownmtn Nov 3, 2009

    So sad about this murder.She was a Meredith College Graduate and my daughter lived on the same hall. Was very good friends with her.We never know what is going on behind closed doors so please keep your comments low because it could happen to anyone of us.Just keep this family's relatives in your prayers as they go through this tragedy...

  • ladyblue Nov 3, 2009

    Yet, strangely, in countries with strong gun control (e.g. Canada or U.K.) you see huge decreases in murder. robert arson

    First let me say my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. this is unimagineable in the amount of pain they must be going through.

    That said I must advise the poster that he needs to do some google search and he will learn tht the murders have not decreased but have gone up from 2005 to 2007 when the gun law went into effect. People are ising other devices than guns to kill so again it is not the gun that pulls the trigger but the person just like the person who swings the hammer or ball bat. You can google this and lern of this as I recently did a blog on it.

  • statelady Nov 3, 2009

    SO sad that an entire family had been wiped out--the extended family/friends of this family are in my prayers