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79-year-old Spring Lake man charged in death of wife, daughter

Posted September 15, 2016 11:29 a.m. EDT
Updated September 15, 2016 7:42 p.m. EDT

— A 79-year-old Cumberland County man called 911 early Thursday to tell police that he shot and killed his 84-year-old wife and 55-year-old daughter, Spring Lake police said.

Bobby King made the call at about 9 a.m. from his family home in the 100 block of Diane Circle, according to police.

Authorities said when they entered the home they found King's wife, Dorthy R. King, and his daughter, Cynthia King, dead from gunshot wounds. A 9-millimeter gun was recovered from the home.

"They meant the world to me. My grandmother was the best grandmother ever," said Bobby King's granddaughter, Karen Evans.

Karen King said her grandparents had health issues and that Cynthia had recently moved in with the couple to be their primary care giver.

"My grandfather had dementia. He suffered from depression," Evans said.

Neighbors described Dorthy King as a "wonderful church going lady."

"I was flabbergasted. It's unfathomable something like this would happen to dear friends in the neighborhood," said Regina Thompson Xadu.

Family members are now struggling to come to terms with the loss.

"Maybe you could just lift us up in prayer. Keep us in mind, and enjoy everyday with family," Evans said.

King was charged Thursday night with two counts of first-degree murder. He was being held without bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.