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Domestic Violence Homicides in North Carolina - 2015

January 1 - December 31, 2015 (53 Murders)

  1. Date: January 20, 2015
    Victim Name: Robert Swedlund, 25
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffrey Gillespie, 33
    Relationship: None
    Town: Troutman     County: Iredell
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Robert was the current boyfriend of Mr. Gillespie’s estranged wife.

  2. *Date: February 4, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Amanda Tarpley, 34
    Alleged Perpetrator: Coleton Tarpley, 35
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: King     County: Stokes
    Weapon: Firearm

  3. *Date: February 4, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Coleton Tarpley, Jr., 9
    Alleged Perpetrator: Coleton Tarpley, 35
    Relationship: Father
    Town: King     County: Stokes
    Weapon: Firearm

  4. *Date: February 4, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Charlie Tarpley, 6
    Alleged Perpetrator: Coleton Tarpley, 35
    Relationship: Father
    Town: King     County: Stokes
    Weapon: Firearm

  5. Date: February 5, 2015
    Victim Name: Bridgette Berry, 38
    Alleged Perpetrator: Peter James Rivers, 40
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Mount Holly      County: Gaston
    Weapon: unknown

  6. Date: February 5, 2015
    Victim Name: Treyvon Berry, 17
    Alleged Perpetrator: Peter James Rivers, 40
    Relationship: Boyfriend of Victim\\\'s Mother
    Town: Mount Holly      County: Gaston
    Weapon: unknown

  7. *Date February 15, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Kimberly Allen, 40
    Alleged Perpetrator: Steven Allen, 47
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: China Grove      County: Rowan
    Weapon: Firearm

  8. Date: February 17, 2015
    Victim Name: Anthony Martin, 57
    Alleged Perpetrator: Cathy Martin, 56
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Durham      County: Durham
    Weapon: Knife

  9. *Date: February 20, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Eileen Yinfenlai Benedetti, 57
    Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Wayne Benedetti, 46
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Garner      County: Wake
    Weapon: unknown

  10. Date: March 8, 2015
    Victim Name: Amber Nicole Matheson, 24
    Alleged Perpetrator: Ray Edward Matheson, 23
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Charlotte     County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Unknown

  11. Date: March 13, 2015
    Victim Name: Thomas Lee England, 27
    Alleged Perpetrator: Atalia England, 24
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Oxford     County: Granville
    Weapon: Firearm

  12. Date: March 15, 2015
    Victim Name: Jennifer Lilly
    Alleged Perpetrator: Shelton Van Lilly, 38
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Vanceboro      County: Craven
    Weapon: Firearm

  13. Date: March 27, 2015
    Victim Name: Tierra Hall, 17
    Alleged Perpetrator: Kelton Breshon Fox, 17
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Durham      County: Durham
    Weapon: Knife

  14. Date: April 5, 2015
    Victim Name: Ruby Scott Bullins, 58
    Alleged Perpetrator: James Allen Bullins, 37
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Carthage      County: Moore
    Weapon: unknown

  15. *Date: April 5, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Alisa Mackey, 29
    Alleged Perpetrator: Cameron Phillips, 27
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm

  16. Date: April 12, 2015
    Victim Name: Wanda Lee Dethlefsen, 33
    Alleged Perpetrator: Roderick Reco Wyche, 20
    Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
    Town: La Grange      County: Lenoir
    Weapon: Knife

  17. Date: April 18, 2015
    Victim Name: Kimberly Dianne Richardson, 25
    Alleged Perpetrator: Daniel Joseph Steele, 25
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Raleigh      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm

  18. *Date: April 27, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Valerie Bigelow Wiley, 46
    Alleged Perpetrator: Charles Michael Glass, 39
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Yanceyville      County: Caswell
    Weapon: Firearm

  19. *Date: April 28, 2015  Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Tamika McClelland, 39
    Alleged Perpetrator: Halim Stovall, 39
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Set on fire

  20. Date: May 2, 2015
    Victim Name: Moesha Lockamy, 18
    Alleged Perpetrator: Derrick Williams, 42
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Wilson\\\'s Mill      County: Johnston
    Weapon: Firearm

  21. *Date: May 4, 2015 Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Jennifer Lynn Mansfield, 27
    Alleged Perpetrator: Shawn Lamont Everett, 39
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Elizabeth City     County: Pasquotank
    Weapon: Firearm

  22. *Date: May 19, 2015  Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Lisa King, 51
    Alleged Perpetrator: Ben Elliott King, 52
    Relationship: Estranged Husband
    Town: Gastonia      County: Gaston
    Weapon: Firearm

  23. *Date: May 19, 2015  Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: James Baxter Baucom, 58
    Alleged Perpetrator: Ben Elliott King, 52
    Relationship: None
    Town: Gastonia      County: Gaston
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Mr. Baucom was the boyfriend of Ms. King, Mr. King\\\'s estranged wife who was also shot and killed by Mr. King.

  24. Date: May 21, 2015
    Victim Name: Tonya Sutton, 39
    Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Sutton, 42
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Raleigh      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm

  25. Date: June 6, 2015 (body found)
    Reported Missing: April 28, 2015
    Victim Name: Summer Swindell, 22
    Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Ballance, 27
    Relationship: Ex-husband
    Town: Havelock      County: Craven
    Weapon: Unknown (exact cause of death has not been released)

  26. *Date: July 2, 2015 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Cathy Simmons, 52
    Alleged Perpetrator: Kevin Simmons, 53
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Elon      County: Alamance
    Weapon: Firearm

  27. Date: July 13, 2015
    Victim Name: Calandra McLean, 42
    Alleged Perpetrator: Billy Jo McLean, 54
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Sanford      County: Lee
    Weapon: Fire

  28. Date: July 13, 2015
    Victim Name: Tashonna Cameron, 13
    Alleged Perpetrator: Billy Jo McLean, 54
    Relationahip: Step-father
    Town: Sanford      County: Lee
    Weapon: Fire


  29. Date: July 18, 2015
    Victim Name: Shuang Liu
    Alleged Perpetrator: Sebastian Mendez, 25
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Strangled

  30. Date: July 18, 2015
    Victim Name: Archer Liu, 5 mos. old
    Alleged Perpetrator: Sebastian Mendez, 25
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Suffocated
    Notes: NCCADV typically does not report family violence homicides, but is including this child\\\'s death as it was also related to his mother, Shang Liu\\\'s death.

  31. *Date: July 22, 2015  Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Velma Sanders, 68
    Alleged Perpetrator: Deland Sanders, 69
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Firearm

  32. Date: July 26, 2015
    Victim Name: Tracy Williams
    Alleged Perpetrator: Gary Yarborough, 35
    Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
    Town: Franklinton      County: Franklin
    Weapon: Firearm

  33. Date: August 5, 2015
    Victim Name: Jeffrey Brittain, 51
    Alleged Perpetrator: Brittany Crocket, 27
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Mill Spring      County: Polk
    Weapon: Poisoning

  34. Date: August 18, 2015
    Victim Name: Anthony Lamont Howie, 33
    Alleged Perpetrator: Shirley Takeisha Martin, 22
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm

  35. Date: August 25, 2015
    Victim Name: Heidi Lyn Hamilton, 26
    Alleged Perpetrator: Edward Lee Price, Jr., 33
    Relationship: Live-In Boyfriend
    Town: Lenoir      County: Caldwell
    Weapon: Firearm

  36. Date: August 27, 2015
    Victim Name: Robert Jon Brickman, 70
    Alleged Perpetrator: Maria Brickman, 53
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Murphy      County: Cherokee
    Weapon: Firearm 

  37. Date: September 17, 2015
    Victim Name: Kadijah Zhane\\\' Lenzy, 20
    Alleged Perpetrator: Zavier Miguel Teach, 21
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Kinston      County: Lenoir
    Weapon: Firearm

  38.  *Date: September 19, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Judith Causey, 37
    Alleged Perpetrator: Kevin Connor, 50
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Connor also shot Causey\\\'s current boyfriend, but he survived. 

  39. *Date: September 24, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Roxie Maribel Ramos, 35
    Alleged Perpetrator: Manuel Raya Andrade, 21
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Ramseur (just outside city limits)      County: Randolph
    Weapon: Asphyxiation (Victim was suffocated to death) 

  40. Date: October 3, 2015
    Victim Name: Alexia Mayfield, 23
    Alleged Perpetrator: Immanuel Felton, 25
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm

  41. *Date: October 6, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Raluca Iosif, 40
    Alleged Perpetrator: David Dietrich Holder, 40
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Durham      County: Durham
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Victim\\\'s brother was also shot, but he survived. 

  42. Date: October 24, 2015
    Victim Name: Kena McMillan, 41
    Alleged Perpetrator: Wendell Hardie, 42
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Chadbourn      County: Columbus
    Weapon: Firearm 

  43. Date: October 27, 2015
    Victim Name: Stephanie Lynn Autry, 34
    Alleged Perpetrator: Lanson Paul Stalf, 39
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Wake Forest      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm 


  44. Date: October 28, 2015
    Victim Name: Sarah Acker, 53
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jerry Hunter, 43
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte     County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Blunt Force Trauma 

  45. *Date: November 5, 2015 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Sabrina Conswayla Rowdy Belcher, 48
    Alleged Perpetrator: Gerry Oliver Belcher, 55
    Relationship: Estranged Husband
    Town: Lewisville      County: Forsyth
    Weapon: Firearm 

  46. Date: November 12, 2015
    Victim Name: Patsy Nicole Reaves, 43
    Alleged Perpetrator: David Anthony Gordon, 50
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Rowland      County: Robeson
    Weapon: Firearm

  47. *Date: November 23, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Jennifer Summers, 45
    Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Summers, 46
    Relationship: Estranged Husband
    Town: Clayton      County: Johnston
    Weapon: Firearm

  48. Date: November 23, 2015
    Victim Name: Rebecca Priest McPherson, 35
    Alleged Perpetrator: Karl Mathis Purcell, 54
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Hoffman      County: Richmond
    Weapon: Firearm

  49. Date: December 9, 2015
    Victim Name: Danielle Newell, 50
    Alleged Perpetrator: Timothy Leonard
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Cornelius      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Drowning

  50. Date: December 11, 2015
    Victim Name: Tim Fry, 51
    Alleged Perpetrator: Robin Richardson, 47
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Arden      County: Buncombe
    Weapon: Firearm 
  51. Date: December 19, 2015
    Victim Name: Krystal Juell Hylton, 28
    Alleged Perpetrator: Brandon Lee, 34
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Cary      County: Wake
    Weapon: Strangled 

  52. *Date: December 25, 2015 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Maria Sanchez, 39
    Alleged Perpetrator: Erick Sanchez, 61
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Sanford      County: Lee
    Weapon: Firearm

  53. Date: December 30, 2015
    Victim Name: Kare Lohri, 31
    Alleged Perpetrator: Arden Lowry, 35
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: New Bern      County: Craven
    Weapon: Unknown 


    Domestic violence is prevalent and lethal. These 53 victims lost their lives this year due to perpetrators of domestic violence. The loss is not just of their lives but the impact on their children, families, friends, and communities. In addition, NCCADV recognizes that many of the perpetrators of these domestic violence homicides also lost their lives to suicide, another cost of domestic violence. In total, 69 lives were lost due to the violent and lethal consequences of domestic violence; 53 victims and an additional 16 perpetrators.  NCCADV continues to work each year to prevent domestic violence homicides through collaborations, innovative trainings, prevention, technical assistance, state policy development and legal advocacy. 

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