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Authorities investigate Forsyth County couple's deaths

Posted August 12, 2011

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— A Forsyth County man committed suicide in Raleigh early Friday, hours after his wife was found shot to death at the family's home, authorities said.

Forsyth County deputies found Pamela Burgess Hurlocker, 42, dead of an apparent gunshot wound at 3495 Spainhour Mill Road in Tobaccoville, just after 11 p.m. Thursday.

They alerted Raleigh police, who arrived at 1516 Basewood Drive just as Alan Claude Hurlocker and 7-year-old daughter pulled up. 

Hurlocker and his daughter got out of the vehicle, an officer spoke to him, then the girl went in the house, which is owned by Hurlocker's father. As police watched, Hurlocker took out a handgun and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The child is in the custody of relatives.

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Alan Hurlocker's father, Claude Hurlocker, told WRAL News that the only explanation he could come up with for what happened last night was that his son snapped. He declined questions about the relationship between the couple.

Christopher Tricoli, a neighbor, said of the elder Hurlocker, "It's a tragedy. Family is important to everybody, and I would imagine he's dealing with a hard time right now." 

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate the deaths, and the Raleigh Police Department is assisting on the case.

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  • anne53ozzy Aug 15, 2011

    When issues about money increase, so do these terrible actions. It is all about stress and inability to cope w it. This is not to say that domestic issues already existed. It only exacerbates it and these are ofter the result.

  • sammyg Aug 15, 2011

    kadee123 - I agree 100%!

  • venitapeyton Aug 12, 2011

    The increase in murder-suicide from domestic violence is sparking a huge public health crisis for families. Someone needs to step up before all coping mechanisms fail.

  • nonemeant Aug 12, 2011

    What in the world?? People are too selfish and self centered these days; to think that if they don't get their way, their girl or boyfriend, then nobody will have them. I definitely believe there is a spiritual demonic element involved. It is worldwide chaos.

  • BEACH Aug 12, 2011

    My prayers for this little girl & her families.

  • Wendellcatlover Aug 12, 2011

    Poor child left parentless. Prayers go out to you sweetheart.