Domestic Violence Homicides in North Carolina - 2016

January 1 - December 31, 2016 (82 Murders) 

  1. Date: January 7, 2016
    Victim Name: Josie Gaddy, 80
    Alleged Perpetrator: James Gaddy, 81
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Pinehurst      County: Moore
    Weapon: Firearm

  2. *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 

  3. *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 

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

  5. *Date: January 18, 2016 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Kathleen Pipkin, 74
    Alleged Perpetrator: Don Pipkin, 79
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Wilson       County: Wilson
    Weapon: Firearm

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

  7. Date: January 28 , 2016
    Victim Name: Breandra Patrick, 20 
    Alleged Perpetrator: Carl Ellington, 21
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Eden       County: Rockingham
    Weapon: Firearm

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

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

  10. Date: February 8, 2016
    Victim Name: Nola Lynn Bentley, 33
    Alleged Perpetrator: Sherrod Avery Stewart, 35
    Relationship:Boyfriend
    Town: Roxboro      County:Person 
    Weapon: Knife

  11. *Date: February 11, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Loretta Woodard, 49
    Alleged Perpetrator: Asia Daniel Vandiford, 62
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Unknown      County: Pitt/Craven 
    Weapon: Firearm

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

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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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

  17. 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. 

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

  19. *Date: March 18, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Gloria Raines, 60
    Alleged Perpetrator: Burrell Raines, 60 
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Fayetteville      County: Cumberland
    Weapon: Firearm

  20. *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

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

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

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

  24. *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 

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

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

  27. 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. 

  28. 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.

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

  30. *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 

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

  32. 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

  33. *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

  34. *Date: June 20, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Lynette Rice Wright, 57
    Alleged Perpetrator: Jewell Carlton Wright, 56
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Candler      County: Buncombe
    Weapon: Firearm

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

  36. 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

  37. *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

  38. 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

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

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

  41. Date: July 21, 2016
    Victim Name: Robert Dewey Powell
    Alleged Perpetrator: Antonio Robinson, 27
    Relationship: None
    Town: Eagle Springs      County: Moore
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Mr. Powell was the new boyfriend of Tatiana Parker, Mr. Robinson's ex-girlfriend. Mr. Robinson went to Ms. Parker's home with a firearm and killed Mr. Powell, who answered the door. 

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

  43. Date: July 25, 2016
    Victim Name: Elijah Bryan Clinedinst, 32
    Alleged Perpetrator: Erica Lee Dark, 22
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Graham      County: Alamance
    Weapon: Firearm

  44. *Date: August 15, 2016 Murder-Suicide
    Victim Name: Helen Ann Santilli, 54
    Alleged Perpetrator: Richard Albert, Santilli, Jr., 60 
    Relationship: Husband
    Town: Bolivia     County: Brunswick
    Weapon: Firearm 

  45. Date: August 15, 2016
    Victim Name: Michael Anthony Gretsinger, 28
    Alleged Perpetrator: Timothy Crumitie, 50
    Relationship: None
    Town: Charlotte      County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Mr. Gretsinger was the fiance of Mr. Crumitie's ex-girlfriend Kimberly Cherry. Ms. Cherry was also shot but recovered from her injuries. 

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

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

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

  52. Date: August 26, 2016
    Victim Name:  Terrance Williams, 33
    Alleged Perpetrator: Kedesha Shontrell Williams, 23
    Relationship: Girlfriend
    Town: Henderson      County: Vance
    Weapon: Firearm 

  53. 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. 

  54. Date: August 27, 2016
    Victim Name: Michelle Geniva Morgan, 47
    Alleged Perpetrator: Carnell Tyrone Atkins, 46
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: High-Point      County: Guilford
    Weapon: Firearm

  55. Date: August 28, 2016
    Victim Name:  Eugene Racine
    Alleged Perpetrator: Anthony Curtis Macneill, 32
    Relationship: None
    Town: Fayetteville      County: Cumberland 
    Weapon: Firearm
    Note: Mr. Racine was shot by Mr. Macneill while he looking for his ex-girlfriend Cindy, Mr. Racine's daughter. The family had filed a restraining order against Mr. Macneill a few days prior to the murder

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

  57. *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.

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

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

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

  61. 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 

  62. 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."

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

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

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

  66. 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

  67. *Date: September 28, 2016 Murder-Suicide 
    Victim Name: Gloria Litchfield, 59
    Alleged Perpetrator: Lawrene Litchfield, 60
    Relationship:  Husband
    Town: Jacksonville      County: Onslow
    Weapon: Firearm 

  68. *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

  69. Date: October 30, 2016
    Victim Name: Jordan Whitney Baldwin, 29
    Alleged Perpetrator: William Edward Duty, 62
    Relationship: Boyfriend
    Town: Asheboro      County: Randolph
    Weapon: Firearm

  70. Date: October 30, 2016
    Victim Name: Tonya Boyd, 43
    Alleged Perpetrator: Brian Vincent White, 48
    Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
    Town: Rocky Mount      County: Nash
    Weapon: Firearm

  71. 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

  72. *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

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

  74. 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

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

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

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

  78. 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. 

  79. 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 

  80. 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.

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

  82. December 18, 2016
    Victim Name: Demond 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.


    Domestic violence is prevalent and lethal. 82 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 or homicide, another cost of domestic violence. In total, 99 lives were lost due to the violent and lethal consequences of domestic violence; 82 victims and an additional 17 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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