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Robeson sheriff: Cemetery owner who killed himself after shooting was former state trooper

Posted June 28, 2020 3:04 p.m. EDT
Updated June 29, 2020 8:09 a.m. EDT

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— A man who killed himself Saturday after a shooting at the cemetery he owned was a former state trooper, officials say.

On Saturday around 7:30 p.m., the Robeson County Sheriff's Office began investigating the cemetery owner, 77-year-old Robert “Sonny” Moore of Orrum, after a man reported that Moore had shot him.

Moore was formerly a trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, according to officials.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Moore's arrest and were attempting to apprehend him when the sheriff's office received a 911 call about two women found dead at the White Oak Island Private Cemetery and Wildlife.

Deputies arrived and found Laura Speights, 63, of Orrum, and Anna Faulk, 46, of Fairmont, dead. Deputies then searched Moore's home and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The cemetery is often used as a community gathering place, according to the news release. The department said Moore, Speights, Faulk and other individuals had been at the cemetery on Saturday for a fish fry.

The 48-year-old man who first reported Moore was taken to a hospital and expected to survive, the sheriff's office said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. These ladies didn’t deserve this and thankfully one victim will survive. It’s just a sad situation all the way around,” said Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.

An investigation is ongoing.

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