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Lumberton double shooting ruled murder-suicide

Posted August 23, 2014

— The shooting death of a Hope Mills pastor and his wife who were found at their Lumberton home Wednesday afternoon has been ruled a murder-suicide. 

William Scott, 68, and Charlotte Scott, 64, were found by their granddaughter on the deck at their house on Old Whiteville Road around 2:30 p.m.

According to authorities, William Scott shot his wife then shot himself with a small caliber handgun. 

William Scott was a pastor at Charity Baptist Church in Gray's Creek, and he also served as the treasurer at East Lumberton Baptist Church.

Charlotte Scott's funeral has been planned for 2 p.m. Monday at East Lumberton Baptist Church. Plans for William Scott have not been finalized.

No further information about the shooting was immediately available. The investigation is ongoing. 


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  • mekanik911 Aug 25, 2014

    Look like real good people too. So sad.

  • BIG_RELIGION_tiny_minds Aug 25, 2014

    Apparently it's what god wanted...

  • juliadenton29 Aug 25, 2014

    why have they not planned his funeral also??

  • lavenderdejectedmoon Aug 25, 2014

    So selfish to take someone's life.

  • Venita Peyton Aug 25, 2014
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    One murder, one suicide, one funeral. Why are substantial questions not being asked as to why this beautiful lady's life met such a tragic end?

  • Randy Smith Aug 25, 2014
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    I guess we should outlaw belts too. I mean, if we had, Robin Williams would still be alive today, right?

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Aug 25, 2014

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    BLah blah blah. We know! Stats don't lie, but why must you play the same tired old sold everytime someone dies of a gunshot. You can't change free will. And regardless of existing or future gun control laws, people will obtain them, legally or otherwise. All the government in the world can't save people from themselves

  • Grand Union Aug 25, 2014

    Easy access to firearms significantly increase the risk of this sort of tragedy.
    The gun you buy for "protection" is much more likely to kill you and/or a member of your family that it is to kill a stranger....

  • Forthe Newssite Aug 25, 2014
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    So sad that people get to this point and feel there is no other way out. Condolences to their loved ones