Domestic Violence Homicides in North Carolina - 2016

January 1 - December 31, 2016 (66 Murders) 

  1. *Date: January 9, 2016 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Melissa Mitchell McLain, 44
    Alleged Perpetrator: Lemuel Gabriel Miller, 47
    Relationship: Boyfriend 
    Town: Apex      County: Wake 
    Weapon: Firearm 

  2. *Date: January 9, 2016 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Ashley Nicole Fite, 17
    Alleged Perpetrator: Lemuel Gabriel Miller, 47
    Relationship: Boyfriend of Victim's Mother 
    Town: Apex      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm 

  3. Date: January 18, 2016
    Victim Name: Talisha Crowder, 19
    Alleged Perpetrator: Brandon Hawkins, 20
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Salisbury      County: Rowan
    Weapon: Firearm

  4. *Date: January 25, 2016 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Heddy Blankenship, 41
    Alleged Perpetrator: Chuck Smith, 47
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Taylorsville      County: Alexander
    Weapon: Firearm

  5. Date: February 4, 2016
    Victim Name: Kim Campbell, 37
    Alleged Perpetrator: Christa Anita Colson
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Morven      County: Anson
    Weapon: Firearm

  6. Date: February 6, 2016
    Victim Name: Mary Louise Mora
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jesus Guillermo Mora, 37
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Linden      County: Cumberland
    Weapon: Firearm 

  7. Date: February 15, 2016
    Victim Name: Tammy Anette Cloninger, 40
    Alleged Perpetrator: James William Thacker 
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Hickory      County: Catawba
    Weapon: Firearm 

  8. Date: February 29, 2016
    Victim Name: Giovanni Gambino, 40
    Alleged Perpetrator: Crystal Gambino, 42
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Stanley      County: Gaston
    Weapon: Firearm 

  9. Date: February 29, 2016
    Victim Name: Geoffrey Glenn Gilliland, 39 
    Alleged Perpetrator: Crystal Gambino, 42
    Relationship: None 
    Town: Stanley      County: Gaston
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Mr. Gilliland was visiting the residence when Ms. Gambino allegedly shot her husband Mr. Gambino

  10. Date: February 29, 2016
    Victim Name: Stephanie Lynn Sanchez, 33
    Alleged Perpetrator: Crystal Gambino, 42
    Relationship: None
    Town: Stanley      County: Gaston
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Ms. Sanchez was visiting the residence when Ms. Gambino allegedly shot her husband Mr. Gambino

  11. Date: March 2, 2016
    Victim Name: Richelle Lail, 22
    Alleged Perpetrator: Eric Yount, 22
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Hickory      County: Catawba
    Weapon: Firearm

  12. Date: March 2, 2016
    Victim Name: Cody Watts, 28
    Alleged Perpetrator: Eric Yount, 22
    Relationship: None
    Town: Hickory      County: Catawba
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Mr. Watts was with Mr. Yount's ex-girlfriend, Richelle Lail when Mr. Yount allegedly shot her. 

  13. Date: March 14, 2016
    Victim Name: Tammy Marie Phillips, 42
    Alleged Perpetrator: Maxwell Revels, 46
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Laurinburg      County: Scotland
    Weapon: Unknown

  14. *Date: March 22, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Annie Perry, 71
    Alleged Perpetrator: Curtis Lee Perry, 72
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Tarboro      County: Edgecombe
    Weapon: Firearm

  15. Date: April 2, 2016
    Victim Name: Mary Stoll, 30
    Alleged Perpetrator: George Merwin Shafto, 45
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Beaten

  16. Date: April 5, 2016
    Victim Name: Aminata Drame, 40
    Alleged Perpetrator: Elhadji Seydou Diop, 53
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Raleigh      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm

  17. Date: April 5, 2016
    Victim Name: Fatim Diop, 2
    Alleged Perpetrator: Elhadji Seydou Diop, 53
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Raleigh      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm

  18. *Date: April 11, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Hallie Kenneth Price Jr., 70
    Victim Name: Jean Byrd Price, 70
    Relationship: Spouses
    Town: Apex      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Unknown who committed the murder 

  19. Date: April 27, 2016
    Victim Name: Lacey West, 24
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffrey Eaker, 26
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Cherryville      County: Gaston
    Weapon: Firearm

  20. Date: May 5, 2016
    Victim Name: Amoritta "Starr" Costner, 38
    Alleged Perpetrator: Eduardo Jorges Rojas, 40
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Gastonia      County: Gaston
    Weapon: Knife

  21. Date: May 9, 2016
    Victim Name: Bridgette Nicole Burford, 20
    Alleged Perpetrator: Camiah Tylequis Walker, 24
    Relationship: None
    Town: Gibsonville      County: Caswell
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Walker killed Burford, his girlfriend's cousin, in the process of kidnapping his girlfriend, who was physically unharmed. 

  22. Date: May 9, 2016
    Victim Name: Sherry Ann Burford, 45
    Alleged Perpetrator: Camiah Tylequis Walker, 24
    Relationship: None
    Town: Gibsonville      County: Caswell
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Walker killed Burford, his girlfriend's aunt, in the process of kidnapping his girlfriend, who was physically unharmed.

  23. Date: May 12, 2016
    Victim Name: Candace Elaine Pickens, 22
    Alleged Perpetrator: Nathaniel Elijah Dixon, 24
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Asheville      County: Buncombe
    Weapon: Firearm

  24. *Date: May 20, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Elizabeth Contrivo, 58
    Alleged Perpetrator: Frank Contrivo, 64
    Relationship: Estranged Husband
    Town: Candler      County: Buncombe
    Weapon: Firearm 

  25. Date: May 31, 2016
    Victim Name: Sheryl Dianne Marshall, 36
    Alleged Perpetrator: Nicholas Marshall, 31
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Raeford      County: Hoke
    Weapon: Firearm

  26. Date: June 9, 2016
    Victim Name: Charlene Ellen Norris, 79
    Alleged Perpetrator: James Nelson Norris, 82
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm

    Date: June 17, 2016
    Victim Name: Cedric Page, 53
    Alleged Perpetrator: Elena Khanberg, 54
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Durham      County: Durham
    Weapon: Knife

  27. *Date: June 19, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Sabrina Haigler, 42
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jamie Haigler, 45
    Relationship: Estranged Husband
    Town: Mount Pleasant      County: Cabarrus
    Weapon: Firearm

  28. Date: July 1, 2016
    Victim Name: Mark Edward Rice, 54
    Alleged Perpetrator: Tara Leigh Rice, 44
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Raleigh      County: Wake
    Weapon: Firearm

  29. Date: July 1, 2016
    Victim Name: Iris Armstrong, 24
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jason Earl Armstrong, Jr., 27
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Fort Bragg      County: Cumberland
    Weapon: Stabbed and beaten

  30. *Date: July 6, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Jessica Ann Parker, 32
    Alleged Perpetrator: Sherrell McNeil, 35
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Fayetteville      County: Cumberland
    Weapon: Firearm

  31. Date: July 11, 2016
    Victim Name: Lorene Potter Simpson, 54 
    Alleged Perpetrator: Mark Peter O'Dell, 58
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Pineville      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm

  32. Date: July 12, 2016
    Victim Name: Robert Linne Reps, 54
    Alleged Perpetrator: Kimberly Reps, 48
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Matthews      County: Union
    Weapon: Firearm

  33. Date: July 20, 2016
    Victim Name: Dallas Leon Kellis, 76
    Alleged Perpetrator: Margaret Francis Kellis, 81
    Relationship: Wife
    Town: Aberdeen      County:Moore
    Weapon: Firearm

  34. Date: July 24, 2016
    Victim Name: Maria Rocha, 43
    Alleged Perpetrator: Miguel A. Hernandez, 45
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Knife

  35. Date: August 16, 2016
    Victim Name: Garlette Rosette Howard, 33
    Alleged Perpetrator: Dibon Jab Toone, 39
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Greenville      County: Pitt
    Weapon: Died from "traumatic head injury by assault" - believed to be hammer

  36. Date: August 16, 2016
    Victim Name: Bryana Nicole Carr, 11
    Alleged Perpetrator: Dibon Jab Toone, 39
    Relationship: Boyfriend of victim's mother
    Town: Greenville      County: Pitt
    Weapon: Died from "traumatic head injury by assault" - believed to be hammer

  37. Date: August 16, 2016
    Victim Name: Ayona Toone, 7
    Alleged Perpetrator: Dibon Jab Toone, 39
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Greenville      County: Pitt
    Weapon: Died from "traumatic head injury by assault" - believed to be hammer

  38. Date: August 16, 2016
    Victim Name: Myona Toone, 5
    Alleged Perpetrator: Dibon Jab Toone, 39
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Greenville      County: Pitt
    Weapon: Died from "traumatic head injury by assault" - believed to be hammer

  39. Date: August 22, 2016
    Victim Name: Mary Tarr, 20
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jalen Marquise Anderson, 23
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm

  40. Date: August 25, 2016
    Victim Name: Maria Faye Snook, 33
    Alleged Perpetrator: Joseph McGarry, 42
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Beaten

  41. Date: August 27, 2016
    Victim Name: Gregory Thomas Pearce, 43 
    Alleged Perpetrator: Cody Wade Smith, 33
    Relationship: None
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Victim was dating Mr. Smith's estranged wife, Monica Smith. Mr. Smith attempted to kill
    Ms. Smith as well, but she survived. 

  42. Date: September 2, 2016
    Victim Name: Cree Asia Smith, 26
    Alleged Perpetrator: Desmond LaQuan Pendergrass, 25
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Greensboro       County: Guilford
    Weapon: Unknown

  43. *Date: September 6, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Earl Valentine, Jr., 15
    Alleged Perpetrator: Earl Valentine, 25
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Norlina       County: Warren
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Earl Valentine Jr. was killed when Mr. Valentine opened fire on his mother, Keisha Valentine, who is Mr. Valentine's ex-wife.
    Mr. Valentine killed himself two days later after being surrounded by police.

  44. Date: September 15, 2016
    Victim Name: Stephanie Wallace Jenkins, 53
    Alleged Perpetrator: Stanly Jenkins, 61
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Concord       County: Cabarrus
    Weapon: Knife

  45. Date: September 15, 2016
    Victim Name: Dorothy King, 84
    Alleged Perpetrator: Bobby King, 79
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Spring Lake       County: Cumberland
    Weapon: Firearm

  46. Date: September 15, 2016
    Victim Name:  Cynthia King, 55
    Alleged Perpetrator: Bobby King, 79
    Relationship: Father
    Town: Spring Lake       County: Cumberland
    Weapon: Firearm

  47. Date: September 15, 2016
    Victim Name:  Allison Middaugh, 29
    Alleged Perpetrator: Daryl Kristopher "Kris" Keeling, 28
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Thomasville       County: Davidson
    Weapon: Strangulation 

  48. Date: September 16, 2016 
    Victim Name: Olha Kocherhina, 44
    Alleged Perpetrator: Volodymyr Kocherhin, 51
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Raleigh      County: Wake 
    Weapon: Unknown- Victim died from "internal injuries."

  49. Date: September 19, 2016
    Victim Name: Erika Desiree Downey, 25
    Alleged Perpetrator: Larico Fonyte Dunn, 24
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Durham       County: Durham
    Weapon: Firearm

  50. Date: September 19, 2016
    Victim Name: Bernice Rice Hensley, 83
    Alleged Perpetrator: Samuel Lloyd Hensley, 85
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Asheville       County: Buncombe
    Weapon: Firearm

  51. Date: September 19, 2016
    Victim Name: Tina Meyer, 56
    Alleged Perpetrator: Terry Barnes, 53
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Firearm

  52. Date: September 24, 2016
    Victim Name: Rodney O'Neil Smith, 24
    Alleged Perpetrator: Andrea N. Hammond, 32
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Wadesboro      County: Anson
    Weapon: Firearm

  53. *Date: October 24, 2016 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Rebecca Ann Jones, 23
    Alleged Perpetrator: Justin Hakeem Walker, 26
    Relationship: Estranged Fiance 
    Town: Wilmington      County: New Hanover 
    Weapon: Strangulation

  54. Date: October 31, 2016
    Victim Name: Tonya Boyd, 43
    Alleged Perpetrator: Brian Vincent White, 48
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Rocky Mount      County: Nash
    Weapon: Firearm

  55. Date: November 09, 2016
    Victim Name: Christopher Bernard Watson, Jr., 27
    Alleged Perpetrator: Rece Cherrell King, 21
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm

  56. *Date: November 11, 2016 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Rebecka Pearce, 30
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jeremy Pearce, 34
    Relationship: Estranged Husband 
    Town: Fuquay-Varina     County: Wake 
    Weapon: Firearm

  57. Date: November 19, 2016
    Victim Name: Ashley Christine Young, 30
    Alleged Perpetrator: Richard Tyler Lewis, 30
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Gastonia     County: Gaston
    Weapon: Vehicle

  58. Date: November 20, 2016
    Victim Name: Garry Lee Spitzer, 56
    Alleged Perpetrator: Katey Millican, 24
    Relationship: Ex-Girlfriend
    Town: Pink Hill     County: Lenoir
    Weapon: Unknown

  59. Date: November 27, 2016
    Victim Name: Michael Darrell Lea, 
    Alleged Perpetrator: Ashley Deneen Watlington, 
    Relationship: Girlfriend 
    Town: Mebane     County: Alamance
    Weapon: Unknown 

  60. Date: November 28, 2016
    Victim Name: Dawn Ward, 40 
    Alleged Perpetrator:  Jeffrey Ward, 25
    Relationship:  Estranged Husband
    Town: Williamston     County: Martin
    Weapon: Knife

  61. November 28, 2016
    Victim Name: Taylor Carroll, 14 
    Alleged Perpetrator:  Jeffrey Ward, 25
    Relationship:  Former Step-Father
    Town: Williamston     County: Martin
    Weapon: Knife

  62. Date: December 7, 2016
    Victim Name: Amanda Williams, 37
    Alleged Perpetrator: Mark Anthony Hicks, 31 
    Relationship:  Boyfriend
    Town: Fayetteville     County: Cumberland
    Weapon: Knife
    Note: Mr. Hicks was shot and killed by police when they responded to the residence and he lunged at officers with a knife. 

  63. Date: December 9, 2016
    Victim Name: Michele Kennington Williams, 51
    Alleged Perpetrator:  David Sloan Williams, 55
    Relationship: Estranged Husband
    Town: Cary     County: Wake 
    Weapon: Firearm 

  64. Date: December 11, 2016
    Victim Name: Daphne Ellis, 32
    Alleged Perpetrator:  Jarel Moore, 29
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Charlotte     County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Knife
    Note: Ms. Ellis died on Dec. 11th from injuries sustained on November 15, 2016.

  65. December 14, 2016
    Victim Name: Phyllis Mansfield, 73
    Alleged Perpetrator: Samuel Mansfield, 73 
    Relationship:  Husband
    Town: Elizabeth City     County: Pasquotank
    Weapon: Firearm

  66. December 18, 2016
    Victim Name: Demon Rashawn Johnson, 39
    Alleged Perpetrator: Deniece Shaquenna Cohens, 26 
    Relationship: Girlfriend  
    Town: Wilmington     County: New Hanover
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Mr. Johnson died on Dec. 18th from injuries sustained on August 11, 2016.

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