January 1 - December 31, 2017 (79 Homicides)

1. Date: January 4, 2017
    Victim Name: Sorrell Jones, 25
    Alleged Perpetrator: Andrew Davis, 24 
    Relationship: Boyfriend  
    Town: Henderson     County: Vance
    Weapon: Firearm 

2. Date: January 12, 2017
    Victim Name: Milton Ricardo Graham, 37
    Alleged Perpetrator: Latisha Toloria Johnson, 31
    Relationship: Girlfriend 
    Town: Charlotte     County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Knife

3. Date: January 22, 2017
    Victim Name: Angela Renee Winner, 37
    Alleged Perpetrator: Joseph Koonce, 42
    Relationship: Boyfriend 
    Town: Lumberton     County: Robeson
    Weapon: Firearm

4. Date: January 29, 2017
    Victim Name: Mary Littrell, 66
    Alleged Perpetrator: Wayne Littrell, 72
    Relationship: Husband 
    Town: Waynesville     County: Haywood 
    Weapon: Firearm

5. Date: January 30, 2017
    Victim Name: Christine Davis, 46 
    Alleged Perpetrator: Christopher Wilson, 44
    Relationship: Boyfriend 
    Town:Black Mountain     County: Buncombe 
    Weapon: Firearm

6. Date: February 7, 2017
    Victim Name: Taurus Ferguson, 36
    Alleged Perpetrator: Argentinus Quaye, 37
    Relationship: Girlfriend 
    Town: Winston-Salem     County: Forsyth 
    Weapon: Knife
    Note: Mr. Ferguson had a history of DV against Ms. Quaye who was *not* charged as Ms. Quaye killed Mr. Ferguson
    in self-defense.This homicide is included because it is still the result of domestic violence, Mr. Ferguson’s domestic
    violence. 

7.  Date: February 12, 2017
     
Victim Name: Latasha Devora Durham, 38
     Alleged Perpetrator: Steve William Smith, 40
     Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
     Town: Ellerbe      County: Richmond 
     Weapon: Firearm     

8.  Date: February 12, 2017
     Victim Name: Gloria Jean Durham, 68
     Alleged Perpetrator: Steve William Smith, 40
     Relationship: None 
     Town: Ellerbe      County: Richmond 
     Weapon: Firearm 
     Note: Smith killed Gloria Durham, the mother of Smith's ex-girlfriend, Latasha Durham, in the process of killing
     Latasha Durham.

9.  Date: February 12, 2017
     Victim Name: Samuel Damon Durham, 42
     Alleged Perpetrator: Steve William Smith, 40
     Relationship: None
     Town: Ellerbe      County: Richmond 
     Weapon: Firearm 
     Note: Smith killed Samuel Durham, brother of Smith's ex-girlfriend, Latasha Durham, in the process of killing
     Latasha Durham. 

10.  Date: March 8, 2017   Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Connie Clark Merritt, 67
     Alleged Perpetrator: Wilbur Ray Merritt, 71
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Red Springs 
     County: Robeson
     Weapon: Firearm

11. Date: March 7, 2017   
     Victim Name: Angela Smith Tramble, 45
     Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffrey Dwayne Hoppes, 49
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Maiden
     County: Catawba
     Weapon: Firearm

12. Date: March 8, 2017   Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Elisa Meryl Slutzky, 47
     Alleged Perpetrator: Kenneth Dale Henson, 55
     Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
     Town: Huntersville
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Firearm

13. Date: March 12, 2017  Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Shanice Williams, 26
     Alleged Perpetrator: Marquis Lineberger, 27
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Long View
     County: Catawba
     Weapon: Firearm 

14. Date: March 14, 2017
     Victim Name: Shantell Denise Williams, 42
     Alleged Perpetrator: Joseph Cornell Corbett III, 37
     Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
     Town: Wilmington
     County: New Hanover
     Weapon: Firearm 

15. Date: March 17, 2017
     Victim Name: Yesenia Elena McMillon, 27
     Alleged Perpetrator: Corey Daniel Shirley, 30
     Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Knife

16. Date: March 17, 2017
     Victim Name: Deandre Terrell Olson, 25
     Alleged Perpetrator: Corey Daniel Shirley, 30
     Relationship: None
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Knife
     Note: Mr. Olson was friends with Ms. Yesenia McMillon, Mr. Shirly’s Ex-Boyfriend and was present
     at the time of the attack. 

17. Date: March 18, 2017
     Victim Name: Charlene Sade Alvarez, 27
     Alleged Perpetrator: Sean Gibson, 28
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: High Point
     County: Guilford
     Weapon: Strangulation

18. Date: March 22, 2017

     Victim Name: Terry Greenwood, 39
     Alleged Perpetrator: Aaron Stephens, 42  
     Relationship: None
     Town: Monkey Junction
     County: New Hanover
     Weapon: Firearm
     Note: Media reports indicate that Mr. Stephens shot and killed Mr. Greenwood in an altercation over Mr. Stephen's
     wife who had recently left him. NCCADV includes homicides that but for intimate partner violence/power & control,
     the victim would still be alive.  

19. Date: March 25, 2017
     Victim Name: Genesis Freeman, newborn
     Alleged Perpetrator: Tillman Freeman III, 30
     Relationship: Father
     Town: Raeford
     County: Hoke County
     Weapon: Knife
     Note: Mr. Freeman killed his two children as a result of intimate partner violence, after accusing his
     wife and mother of his children of cheating. 

20. Date: March 25, 2017
     Victim Name: Serenity Freeman, 2
     Alleged Perpetrator: Tillman Freeman III, 30
     Relationship: Father
     Town: Raeford
     County: Hoke County
     Weapon: Knife
     Note: Mr. Freeman killed his two children as a result of intimate partner violence, after accusing his
     wife and mother of his children of cheating. 

21. Date: March 29, 2017
     Victim Name: Christopher Caskey, 35
     Alleged Perpetrator: Josiah Russell Philpott, 34
     Relationship: None
     Town: Mount Holly
     County: Gaston
     Weapon: Firearm                  
     Note: Mr. Caskey was the current live-in boyfriend of Mr. Philpott’s estranged wife who he had committed DV against.
     Mr. Philpott killed Mr. Caskey as a result of DV during a custody exchange.

22. Date: April 3, 2017   Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Eva Jo Jones, 60
     Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffrey Harmon, 42
     Relationship: Estranged Son-in-Law
     Town: Tatums
     County: Columbus
     Weapon: Dismembered

23. Date: April 3, 2017   Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Tiffany Cartwright, 35 
      Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffrey Harmon, 42
      Relationship: Estranged Brother-in-Law
      Town: Tatums
      County: Columbus
      Weapon: Dismembered
      Note: The deaths of Ms. Jones and Ms. Cartwright are included as they are the result of domestic violence. Their
      daughter/sister, Ms. Sara Harmon had just fled Mr. Harmon because he was abusive and they were killed by
      Mr. Harmon when they went to retrieve Sara's belongings. 

24. Date: April 5, 2017
     Victim Name: Jennifer Renee Smith, 34
     Alleged Perpetrator: Leroy Anthony Cooper, III, 41
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Unknown

25. Date: April 25, 2017
     Victim Name: Brittany Ann Fullwood, 34
     Alleged Perpetrator: William Patrick Bernicki, 49
     Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
     Town: Monkey Junction 
     County: New Hanover 
     Weapon: Firearm

26. Date: May 3, 2017   Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Tiara Clark, 29
      Alleged Perpetrator: Byron Howington, 31
      Relationship: Boyfriend
      Town: Charlotte
      County: Mecklenburg
      Weapon: Firearm

27Date: May 6, 2017
     Victim Name: Kenneth Tankson, 40
     Alleged Perpetrator: Whittney Tankson, 28
     Relationship: Wife
     Town: New Bern
     County: Craven
     Weapon: Knife

28. Date: May 12, 2017  Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Kartrina Wright, 35
      Alleged Perpetrator: Torrey Price, 31
      Relationship: Boyfriend
      Town: Durham
      County: Durham
      Weapon: Firearm 

29Date: May 13, 2017
     Victim Name: Dean Ripa, 60
     Alleged Perpetrator: Regina Ripa, 40
     Relationship: Wife
     Town: Wimington
     County: New Hanover 
     Weapon: Firearm 

30. Date: May 14, 2017
     Victim Name: Jacqueline Winstead, 44
     Alleged Perpetrator: James Williams, 63
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Walstonburg
     County: Greene 
     Weapon: Firearm

31. Date: May 17, 2017
     Victim Name: Horace Thomas Troublefield, 64
     Alleged Perpetrator: Undisclosed 
     Relationship: Girlfriend
     Town: Selma
     County: Johnston 
     Weapon: Firearm
     Note: Alleged perpetrator may have been acting in self-defense as there does not appear to be any record of
     charges from this incident. 

32. Date: June 2, 2017
     Victim Name: Michelle Joyner, 36
     Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Allen Joyner, 38 
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Wilson
     County: Wilson
     Weapon: Ax

33. Date: June 2, 2017
     Victim Name: Dennis Ray Joyner, 63
     Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Allen Joyner, 38 
     Relationship: Son  
     Town: Wilson
     County: Wilson 
     Weapon: Ax

34. Date: June 3, 2017
     Victim Name: Archie McGill, 47
     Alleged Perpetrator: Gary James McGill, 51 
     Relationship: Husband  
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg 
     Weapon: Fire
     Note: Ms. McGill died June 3rd of injuries sustained after her husband poured rubbing alcohol on her and set her on
     fire on May 21st. 

35. Date: June 6, 2017

     Victim Name: Vickie Bradshaw Allen, 45
     Alleged Perpetrator: Andrew Jackson Allen, Jr. 48
     Relationship:   Estranged husband
     Town: High Point
     County: Guilford
     Weapon: Knife

36. Date: June 6, 2017
     Victim Name: Andrea Mae Allen, 21
     Alleged Perpetrator: Andrew Jackson Allen, Jr., 48 
     Relationship: Father
     Town: High Point
     County: Guilford
     Weapon: Knife
     Note: Ms. Andrea Mae Allen was allegedly murdered by her father during an incident in which he also killed his
     estranged wife, Ms. Allen's mother, Vickie Bradshaw Allen.

37. Date: June 13, 2017
     Victim Name: Caleb Adams, 38
     Alleged Perpetrator: Wendy Dawn Hicks, 38
     Relationship:   Ex-Girlfriend
     Town: Randleman
     County: Randolph
     Weapon: Firearm

38. Date: June 18, 2017
     Victim Name: Shalice Sutton, 31
     Alleged Perpetrator: Matthew Laurence White, 39
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Fayetteville
     County: Cumberland
     Weapon: Firearm 

39. Date: June 30, 2017
     Victim Name: Ashley Ann Bell, 34
     Alleged Perpetrator: Mark Aiena, 37
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Wilmington
     County: New Hanover
     Weapon: Not released yet

40. Date: July 1, 2017 Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Ami Fletcher, 33
     Alleged Perpetrator: Jeremy Wayne Fletcher, 34
     Relationship: Estranged Husband
     Town: Ellendale
     County: Aleander
     Weapon: Firearm (Suicide by hanging)

41. Date: July 7, 2017
     Victim Name: Heidi May Morton, 35 
     Alleged Perpetrator: Alton Ulysses Morton, Jr., 35
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Charlotte 
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Bludgeoned with blunt object 

42. Date: July 12, 2017
     Victim Name: Trista A. Wilson, 33
     Alleged Perpetrator: Eric Dashaun Dawkins, 23
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: High Point 
     County: Guilford
     Weapon: Knife 

43. Date: July 12, 2017
     Victim Name: Heather Carter, 28
     Alleged Perpetrator: Jimmy Lee Proffitt, II, 28
     Relationship: Ex-Husband
     Town: Fayetteville 
     County: Cumberland 
     Weapon: Firearm 

44. Date: July 16, 2017
     Victim Name: Deric Fernandza Shaw, 49
     Alleged Perpetrator: Lakesha Nicole Johnson, 40
     Relationship: Girlfriend
     Town: Garner 
     County: Wake
     Weapon: Knife 

45. Date: July 16, 2017 Murder-Suicide
     
Victim Name: Naoko Kaup, 84
     Alleged Perpetrator: Milton Kaup, 74
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Jacksonville
     County: Onslow
     Weapon: Firearm

46. Date: July 18, 2017
     Victim Name: Tasaria Tasia Glover, 27
     Alleged Perpetrator: Theodore Maurice Parker, 44
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Greensboro 
     County: Guilford
     Weapon: Strangulation

47. Date: July 19, 2017
     Victim Name: Freddie Garnell Speaks, 60
     Alleged Perpetrator: Bren Dobson Speaks, 59
     Relationship: Wife
     Town: Yadkinville 
     County: Yadkin
     Weapon: Firearm

48. Date: July 23, 2017 Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Karla Ayde-Garcia Arellano, 23
     Alleged Perpetrator: Javier Garcia Aguilar, 35
     Relationship: Estranged Husband
     Town: Goldsboro 
     County: Wayne
     Weapon: Firearm

49. Date: July 25, 2017
     Victim Name: Jacqueline Gordon-White, 65
     Alleged Perpetrator: Vurnel Smith Jr., 40 
     Relationship: Estranged son-in-law  
     Town: Charlotte  
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Firearm
     Note: The death of Ms. Gordon-White is included as it is the result of domestic violence. Her daughter, Keydra Smith
     filed a DVPO against Mr. Smith, Jr. two weeks prior. Mr. Smith Jr. killed Ms. Gordon-White during an incident in which he
     injured his estranged wife, Ms. Keydra Smith. 

50. Date: July 25, 2017
     Victim Name: Rufus Gordon, 69
     Alleged Perpetrator: Vurnel Smith Jr., 40
     Relationship: Estranged son-in-law
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg 
     Weapon: Firearm
     Note: The death of Mr. Gordon is included as it is the result of domestic violence. His daughter, Keydra Smith
     filed a DVPO against Mr. Smith, Jr. two weeks prior. Mr. Smith, Jr. killed Mr. Gordon during an incident in which he
     injured his estranged wife, Ms. Keydra Smith.

51. Date: July 29, 2017
     Victim Name: Diamond Zmaria Starr-Reynolds, 29
     Alleged Perpetrator: Johannes Woodard, 25
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Dunn 
     County: Harnett
     Weapon: Firearm

52. Date: August 12, 2017
     Victim Name: Jennifer Ann Arrington, 44
     Alleged Perpetrator: Andrew Eugene Meeks, 41
     Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
     Town: Raleigh 
     County: Wake
     Weapon: Unknown 

53. Date: August 20, 2017
     Victim Name: Israel Oluwasegva, 5
     Alleged Perpetrator: Ebony Oluwasegva, 34
     Relationship: Mother
     Town: Chapel Hill
     County: Orange
     Weapon: Knife
     Note: The child was allegedly killed by Ms. Oluwasegva during an incident in which she repeatedly stabbed her 
     husband, Victor Olowu. The child is included in this count because he was killed during a domestic violence incident.

54. Date: August 21, 2017
     Victim Name: Shaekeya Danielle Gay, 23
     Alleged Perpetrator: Marcus Tyrell Hargrove, 23
     Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
     Town: Henderson
     County: Vance
     Weapon: Firearm

55. Date: August 24, 2017 Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Trudy Rosser, 44
     Alleged Perpetrator: Toby Rosser, 40
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Whitakers 
     County: Nash
     Weapon: Firearm

56. Date: August 24, 2017
     Victim Name: Allana Mozelle, 32
     Alleged Perpetrator: Teamus Maurice Mozelle, 35
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Cameron
     County: Harnett
     Weapon: Firearm
     Note: Ms. Mozelle died on August 24 of injuries sustained August 20.

57. Date: September 1, 2017
     Victim Name: Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, 29
     Alleged Perpetrator: Matthew James Phelps, 28
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Raleigh 
     County: Wake
     Weapon: Knife

58. Date: September 1, 2017
     Victim Name: Jeannine Shante Skinner, 35
     Alleged Perpetrator: Donny Lewis Franklin, 45
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Unknown
   
59. Date: September 8, 2017 Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Glorimar Vega, 36 
     Alleged Perpetrator: Rafael Santiago, 39
     Relationship: Estranged Husband
     Town: Fayetteville 
     County: Cumberland 
     Weapon: Firearm

60. Date: September 11, 2017
     Victim Name: Florinez Torres Lopez, 36
     Alleged Perpetrator: Fletcher Odell Johnson Jr., 52
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Fayetteville 
     County: Cumberland 
     Weapon: Knife

61. Date: September 13, 2017

     Victim Name: Marvin Orlando Frazier, 55
     Alleged Perpetrator: Stephanie Frazier, 45
     Relationship: Wife
     Town: Havelock 
     County: Craven 
     Weapon: Firearm

62. Date: September 30, 2017
      Victim Name: Briana Shintel Greene, 18
      Alleged Perpetrator: Sherrod Anthony Ford, 22
      Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
      Town: Lillington
      County: Harnett
      Weapon: Knife

63. Date: October 7, 2017  
      Victim Name: Devan Skylar Upchurch, 17
      Alleged Perpetrator: Chad Delano Rose, 34
      Relationship: None
      Town: Mount Airy
      County: Surry
      Weapon: Firearm
      Note: Devan died of injuries sustained on September 28, 2017, when Mr. Rose,
      his mother’s boyfriend, shot him and his mother. His mother survived her injuries. 

64. Date: October 19, 2017  
      Victim Name: Natalie Merrick, 23
      Alleged Perpetrator: Mahmood Bhatti, 28
      Relationship: Boyfriend
      Town: Charlotte
      County: Mecklenburg
      Weapon: Strangulation
      Note: Ms. Merrick was pregnant at the time of her death

65. Date: October 21, 2017 Murder-Suicide 
      Victim Name: Nancy Hutchens, 68
      Alleged Perpetrator: Dennis Hutchens, 68
      Relationship: Husband
      Town: Elkin
      County: Surry      Weapon: Firearm

66. Date: October 24, 2017  
      Victim Name: Sharon Nicklow, 52
      Alleged Perpetrator: James “Butch” Buttke, Jr., 56
      Relationship: Boyfriend
      Town: Burnsville
      County: Yancey
      Weapon: Firearm

67. Date: November 11, 2017  Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Teresa Neal, 56
      Alleged Perpetrator: Ronald Neal, 60
      Relationship: Husband
      Town: Clemmons
      County: Davidson
      Weapon: Firearm

68. Date: November 22, 2017  
      Victim Name: Deborah Kay Terry, 55
      Alleged Perpetrator: Donnie Davie Terry, 53
      Relationship: Husband
      Town: Pinnacle
      County: Stokes
      Weapon: Firearm

69. Date: November 22, 2017  
      Victim Name: Lena Jackson, 75
      Alleged Perpetrator: Robert Jackson, 81
      Relationship: Husband
      Town: Linden
      County: Cumberland
      Weapon: Firearm

70. Date: November 24, 2017  
      Victim Name: Nadia Maher, 38
      Alleged Perpetrator: Michael Anthony Maher, 44
      Relationship: Husband
      Town: Apex
      County: Wake
      Weapon: Firearm

71. Date: December 9, 2017  Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Marina Bravo Aguilar, 37
      Alleged Perpetrator: Antioco Andrade Chacon, 37
      Relationship: Husband
      Town: Charlotte 
      County: Mecklenburg
      Weapon: Firearm

72. Date: December 9, 2017  
      Victim Name: Asuncion Chacon-Perez, 61
      Alleged Perpetrator: Antioco Andrade Chacon, 37
      Relationship: Son
      Town: Charlotte 
      County: Mecklenburg      Weapon: Firearm
      Note: Ms. Chacon-Perez was allegedly killed by Antioco Andrade Chacon during an incident in which he also shot  
      his wife, Marina Bravo Aguilar. Ms. Chacon-Perez is included in this count because she was killed during a
      domestic violence incident.

73. Date: December 9, 2017  
      Victim Name: Harry Max McLaughlin, 44
      Alleged Perpetrator: Roshedia Keisan Bruner, 34
      Relationship: Ex-girlfriend
      Town: Statesville
      County: Iredell
      Weapon: Knife

74. Date: December 11, 2017  
      Victim Name: Harold Levette Hoover, 86
      Alleged Perpetrator: Rochelle Scarlett Hoover, 77
      Relationship: Wife
      Town: Trinity
      County: Randolph
      Weapon: Firearm
      Note: This was an alleged attempted murder-suicide but Mrs. Hoover survived her injuries.

75. Date: December 13, 2017  Murder-Suicide      Victim Name: Nina Christina Martin, 36
      Alleged Perpetrator: James Mark Ferguson, 56
      Relationship: Boyfriend
      Town: Fines Creek
      County: Haywood
      Weapon: Firearm

76. Date: December 15, 2017  Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: John Derrick Wright, 51
      Alleged Perpetrator: Jason Maurice Griffith, 51
      Relationship: Unknown
      Town: Raleigh
      County: Wake
      Weapon: Firearm
      Note: Mr. Wright’s death is included because he was killed during the same incident in which 
      Mr. Griffith allegedly shot his wife Emma Griffith. Mrs. Griffith survived her injuries.

77. Date: December 15, 2017  Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Not yet released
      Alleged Perpetrator: Not yet released
      Relationship: Romantic partners (more info forthcoming after family notification)
      Town: Indian Trail
      County: Union
      Weapon: Firearm


78. Date: December 22, 2017  Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Suprena Mercelle Hunter, 50
      Alleged Perpetrator: Maurice Dermot Hunter, 51
      Relationship: Husband
      Town: Charlotte
      County: Mecklenburg
      Weapon: Firearm

79. Date: December 30, 2017  
      Victim Name: Jimmy Whitford, 51
      Alleged Perpetrator: Sharon Whitford, 
      Relationship: Wife
      Town: New Bern
      County: Craven
      Weapon: Firearm


Domestic violence is prevalent and lethal. 79 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, 98 lives were lost due to the violent and lethal consequences of domestic violence; 79 victims and an additional 19 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.