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Man Kills Self and Stepdaughter, Critically...

Posted May 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Authorities say a Harnett County man fatally wounded his 13-year-old stepdaughter, and critically wounded the child's mother before killing himself early Friday.

The mother, Cynthia Corbin Taylor, 36, is in critical condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Her 13-year-old daughter, Marquita Corbin Taylor, who attended Erwin Middle School, died at the scene. Taylor's husband, Walter B. Taylor, was transported to Good Hope Hospital in Harnett County, where he later died.

According to Harnett County Sheriff Larry Knott, Walter Taylor called his brother, Frank Taylor, and told him that he shot his wife and stepdaughter and was planning to kill himself. While talking to Walter Taylor, Frank Taylor heard a gunshot.

Knott said Walter Taylor had made it clear what he was doing.

Knott said the mother and daughter were lying together on a bed when they were shot. Walter Taylor's body was found a few feet away. Lying near his body was a .380 semi-automatic handgun.

Another member of the family, 5-year-old Courtney Taylor, a daughter of both parents, was in the home at the time of the shooting, which occurred about 2:15 a.m. Courtney Taylor somehow managed to sleep through the entire event, authorities said.

A third child, who is 19, was in Georgia at the time of the shootings.

A neighbor told WRAL-TV5'sTerri Grucathat nothing like this has ever happened in that neighborhood before.

A family friend said the Taylors had lived for about 5 years in the house where the shooting occurred. The family had attended church together on Wednesday. Their pastor, Reverend Brian Davis, said the family should no sign of trouble.

The 5-year-old child is now in the custody of her uncle. The 13-year-old who was killed was a student at Erwin Middle School. School officials were notified early Friday morning and have arranged for crisis counselors to be on hand for grieving students.