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Sanford man faces murder charges in Harnett County slaying

Posted August 7, 2011

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— Harnett County sheriff's deputies arrested a Sanford man Sunday for the murder of a woman Saturday night at 68 Gabby Lane.

Deputies said they found Tammy Lynne Gaster, 46, dead in the bathroom of her home shortly after 8 p.m. Her body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where it was determined that she had been stabbed.

Christopher Wayne Dixon, 25, of 434 Pyrant Road, is charged with her murder. He was being held at the Harnett County Detention Center without bond.

Deputies said Dixon and Gaster knew each other, but they did not release other information about the relationship.

Harnett County woman stabbed to death in bathroom Harnett County woman stabbed to death in bathroom

Neighbor Vernon McAuley said he was "very sad" to hear that Gaster had been murdered. He said his wife knew her well.

"Tammy was a likable person," he said.

Neighbors told WRAL News that Gaster had been dating Dixon, but was trying to break up with him. McAuley said his wife had met Dixon in passing.

"She just said, 'Nice guy.' She had talked to him before (but) didn't see anything unusual about him," he said.

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  • tarheelfan1s Aug 8, 2011

    I know him personaly, he is a good guy and he would not do anything like this. I think that she might had been seeing men on the internet and it really could have been anyone in that she knows but it was not him at all. I pray that they find the person that did this to her.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 8, 2011

    I hate this happen and feel bad for the family. But a 25 year old is not a boy, he's not a kid. He a mature adult, may not have the experience of older people, but he is still and adult.

  • zile1porkey Aug 8, 2011

    What was she doing with a 25 year old boy what did she or anyone in this situation think would happen when she cut him off. He is old enough for her son and you expect him to be mature as 46 yeah right. I am sorry he killed her truly sorry she had to lose her life but wow what was she not thinking.

  • mulecitybabe Aug 8, 2011

    What could a 46 year old woman possibly see in a 25 year old kid, and vice versa? Sad, all the way around. That kid needs to spend enough time in prison that when he gets out, a 46 year old woman will be way too young for his old but t.

  • gsimmons Aug 8, 2011

    God Speed Tammy! I will miss you and your big ol heart! You were a great friend. Thanks for all the good times and wonderful memories. I love you girl!