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Raleigh woman found shot to death in Atlanta apartment

Posted July 15, 2010
Updated July 16, 2010

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— A Raleigh woman found shot to death in an Atlanta apartment on Wednesday had been targeted, according to Atlanta police.

The woman was identified as Zaquavia Kingsberry, 33, according to Atlanta Police Maj. Keith Meadows. He said she had been shot two or three times.

"There are certain levels of security inside this building, so we're certain whomever was inside the apartment or inside the building or the common areas had access to it," Meadows told WGCL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Her friend told police they had eaten breakfast together at the apartment in the city's tony Buckhead district. Officers said the man told them that he left the apartment and returned to find Kingsberry shot dead.

Atlanta apartments where Zaquavia Kingsberry was killed Atlanta police say slain woman was targeted

Neighbors were shaken by the shooting and told WGCL that the police theory that Kingsberry was targeted offers little reassurance.

"I'm hoping it's more of a domestic dispute rather than something we need to be worried about," said Caragh Strichter, who lives a few doors away in the Gramercy at Buckhead apartment complex. "You walk by people every single day going to and from your place, and you just don't know what's going to happen the next day. It's scary."

Kingsberry was an employee of Urban Ministries of Wake County and worked with homeless women in the Helen Wright Center for Women, according to human resources manager Kathleen Donahue.

Family and friends said Kingsberry went to Atlanta with a friend, and they said Thursday that they cannot understand how she could have been targeted by a killer.

Sam McLean, director of crisis support for Urban Ministries, said he learned about Kingsberry's death in a late-night phone call and said he and other staffers were devastated by the news.

"She was a no-nonsense type person. She was dependable, reliable and flexible. She cared about the population," McLean said, adding that Kingsberry often went out of her way to provide meals for the 36 women she supervised when she didn't have to.

Ralph Hartung of StepUP Ministry said Kingsberry recently graduated from the program, which teaches people life skills and helps them obtain jobs and housing so they can be productive citizens. She had recently purchased a home in southeast Raleigh, he said.

"She was a fine lady. She had her act together," Hartung said. "Why do bad things happen to good people? This is not the way it's supposed to be."

Curtis Williams, a friend and former co-worker of Kingsberry, said she never hesitated to help out her friends.

“If she didn’t know how to do it, she’ll find somebody else that would do it for you,” he said. “I know a lot of people say that about a lot of people but Zaquavia really, genuinely was a nice person.”

Williams said Kingsberry was a hard working mother of two sons, a teenager and a 4-year-old, and would sometimes hold down two and three jobs to make ends meet.

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  • tgiv Jul 20, 12:30 p.m.

    Zaq was a wonderful human being, and our hearts are broken over her passing. I'm certain any negative inferences to her character come from people that don't know her and never made a mistake when they were 20 years old. She was a hard-working person with a heart as big as the great outdoors. Her sons meant everything to her, and they are missing a terrific mother. I hope justice is done, but she can never be replaced no matter how harshly they punish the person who took her away from us. I pray that God blesses and keeps her family and many friends through this terrible time.

  • MAD MOMMY Jul 16, 4:38 p.m.

    RIGHT WHO IS THE SO CALLED BOYFRIEND THAT KNOW ONE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT. WHY IS ATL GETTING TO THE BOTTOM. WHY WAS IN THIS SOLVED IN THE 1ST 48HRS. PLEASE INVESTIGATORS IN ATL AND NC SOLVE THIS CASE.

  • michellebrantley Jul 16, 3:45 p.m.

    And who is this boyfriend? Why hasn't he been named? Where is his sympathy for the family, if he was her boyfriend. Why hasn't he shown his face and tried to get to the bottom of this? None of this makes any sense and whatever the circumstances were she did not deserve this. My heart goes out to those boys and the rest of her family.

  • NYDIVA15 Jul 16, 10:37 a.m.

    SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, WOMAN! I AM GOING TO MISS HER SO MUCH. RIP ZAQUAVIA, PEACE & BLESSINGS TO HER FAMILY. THIS IS SO SURREAL!!, I THINK I'AM GOING TO WAKE-UP AND IT WILL ALL BE A BAD DREAM:(

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jul 16, 10:04 a.m.

    Was this someone after her boyfriend? Was this her boyfriend trying to make it look like someone else?
    This is so sad. My prayers to the family.

  • JAT Jul 16, 9:11 a.m.

    WGCL also reports that although there were signs for forced entry, it appears she probably knew her killer. Wonder if that meant people had to be buzzed in to the building?

  • JAT Jul 16, 9:05 a.m.

    WGCL is reporting that she was shot in the head several times; and that the boyfriend found her at 3pm when he returned from his job. Also, that her brother, who didn't want to be named, said he didn't know why she was in Atlanta. Was this really a boyfriend, then?

  • Its My Prerogative Jul 16, 8:51 a.m.

    vjayd... R U SERIOUS???
    Bringing up something that is 12 yrs old. That would make her what about 21. Which means she was still young and dumb (no punt indeded) Obviously it didn't prevent her from coming gainfully employed with multiple employers. Ughhhhhhh SMH

    PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO HER FAMILY ESPECIALLY HER 2 BOYS!!! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL!!!!

  • BubbaDuke Jul 16, 8:48 a.m.

    Blessings and peace for the family and friends...and justice for the murderer.

  • QT3.14 Jul 15, 7:06 p.m.

    She sounds like a very caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

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