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Teen dies after shooting at father's Sampson County home

Posted December 10, 2012

— A teen girl has died after a weekend shooting at a home outside Clinton that left her father dead, the Sampson County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Larissa E. Estrada, 13, died Sunday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Authorities are awaiting an autopsy report on Estrada and her father, Edwin L. Estrada, 51, but the initial investigation indicates that Edwin Estrada shot his daughter before killing himself.

On Friday evening, Larissa Estrada's brother went to his father's home, at 77 Hunter Road, to find his sister after she didn't return to the home they shared with their mother. When no one answered the door, the brother forced his way inside and found Edwin Estrada dead from a gunshot wound and his sister slumped over.

He called 911, put Larissa Estrada into his car and began driving her to Sampson Regional Hospital. On the way, he flagged down an ambulance, which transported the girl the rest of the way. She was later transferred to UNC.

Investigators have not released any information about a possible motive for the shooting.


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  • exador7 Dec 20, 2012

    Our country is falling, from the inside. Our government is treading water, helpless to make wise decisions. Ignorance , dysfunction and mental illness running rampant. How much time before we have to cuddle together and post guards at night.

  • exador7 Dec 20, 2012

    I mean really,, why ya wanna kill your self ???? A few months and some different scenery would probably make a totally different situation

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 10, 2012

    There's more to this story. What was going on that the father didn't want the daughter to tell anyone?

    Praying for those who loved her.

  • caroexc Dec 10, 2012

    in all my life never heard of such killing. What is it? hopelessness?, revenge?, cover up of abuse? warped discipline?
    what. All i know it is disheartening, fear provoking and sad, ohh so sad. Whatever it is i personally dont think it will get better until the economy gets better, because the present economy leaves so many with such a sense of worthlessness.

  • Scubagirl Dec 10, 2012

    This is such a sad story and TruthBKnown is correct-I don't think we'll EVER understand this.
    Hoping that the brother (especially), and other siblings and the mom can recover in part from this. I KNOW firsthand you never get over the untimely death of a family member but thoughts and prayers are with them. RIP Larissa :(

  • iron fist Dec 10, 2012

    I agree TruthBKnown these murder suicides are happening too often one time is too many. I cannot understand or even attempt to understand the thinking of anyone who would kill a loved one. If they want to harm someone they should just take themselves out. May God bless all the family and friends.

  • westernwake1 Dec 10, 2012

    My prayers and sympathy go our to her family, friends, and soccer teammates. This entire situation is so tragic.

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 10, 2012

    A very courageous and compasionate young man. He obviously loved his sister very much. Very sad.

  • NCHighlander Dec 10, 2012

    Excellent group of posters here. In the face of such tragedy it's at least comforting to see the humanity of those commenting here.

  • robijjjjjj Dec 10, 2012

    please pray for our local middle school, such a terrible incident for our small community.