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Sheriff: Love triangle led to Wilson County murder-suicide

Posted December 30, 2009

— A man shot and killed his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend before fatally shooting himself Wednesday morning in the 4200 block of Iroquois Road near Wilson, according to Wilson County's sheriff.

Sheriff Wayne Gay called the murder-suicide a domestic violence situation and said Paola Aguilera Ayala, 24, attempted to get a restraining order against her former boyfriend last year but never followed through. Gay said there was a history of reported domestic violence, including accusations of rape, from the woman.

"The domestic violence began several months ago" when the Ayala started dating her new boyfriend, Miguel G. Guerra, Gay said.

Three dead in Wilson County murder-suicide Three dead in Wilson County murder-suicide

Ayala had four children – including three with her former boyfriend – none of who was home at the time of the shooting.

Investigators said they believe Aguilera returned home from her job at Alliance One Tobacco Co. on Wednesday morning and that sometime later, her former boyfriend and another person drove up to the house in a 1997 or 1998 royal blue Dodge truck with N.C. tag YSN-6247.

The former boyfriend, whose name hasn't been released, got out of the truck, went into the house and killed Guerra, authorities said. Ayala ran outside, and he chased her into an adjacent yard before shooting and killing her. He then turned the gun on himself while in the yard next door.

Neighbors said they heard the shots and called 911 around 8:50 a.m.

Gay said the gunman has "a pocket full of bullets" and fired "a large number of shots."

Sheriff's investigators are trying to find the other person who was in the truck.

Guerra was married, and investigators were interviewing his wife Wednesday afternoon.


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  • scline Dec 31, 2009

    Until we close the borders expect to see more and more of this sort of thing!!

  • 1 of the original Americans Dec 30, 2009

    Nanasix .... I find it so sad that this article is in no way about immagrants or status but yet about the terrible death of two people an now 4 orphans but the 1st ridiculous thing u typed is about status ............ why? Let me guress the names? Not all hispanics are illegal ...pls educate yourself!

  • princessdukedaisey Dec 30, 2009

    Desiderata... FYI, my post was before WRAL decided to update with the little tid bit of information about her sleeping with a married man. I 100% do not agree with her actions, by NO MEANS. However if the guy wanted to die, he should have just killed himself instead of her and the married man as well. Regardless of the fact that the other man was married, he still had no right to kill 2 people in cold blood! And I still feel sorry for the 4 kids in this mess.

  • nanasix Dec 30, 2009

    It's sad for the children, but I question if they were all here legally? Wonder if their immigration status will be reported?
    Guess this was a hard way for the wife to learn of the affair, hope there aren't more children involved and hurt by this mess.

  • teacher-mom Dec 30, 2009

    This certainly is a shame. Why was she messing around with a married man? What is happening to our society? What ever happened to getting married before having children? My sympathy to the families and loved ones of all involved.

  • Fuquay Resident Dec 30, 2009

    Hmm, if the boyfriend was married, maybe the other person in the truck was his wife?

  • Desiderata Dec 30, 2009

    princessdukedaisey...SHE was seeing a MARRIED MAN...after having 3 kids with one guy..a 4th with another...she was 24 and headed down the sewer anyhow....

  • JAT Dec 30, 2009

    true, true, lapj - people need to realize their choices affect more than just them.

  • lapj Dec 30, 2009

    She was 24 and had 4 children--3 with her ex "boyfriend", and she was currently dating a married man--nice. She certainly didn't deserve to die, but she clearly made some less than stellar choices. I feel for her children and hope someone can raise them to see a better path in life than she chose for herself.

  • Bogged Down Dec 30, 2009

    Grant, your post was completely racist.