Rifle seized from Johnston home where teens died in murder-suicide

September 27, 2018

Johnston County deputies seized a rifle and spent cartridges from a home near Angier where two 14-year-olds died Monday in what authorities have called a murder-suicide, according to a search warrant released Thursday.

A father found his son and a girl dead inside his home at 206 Clayton Road at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

Authorities haven’t released the names of the two teens, but family and friends identified the girl as Sara Hill of Angier in a GoFundMe request to help with funeral expenses.

Her family said Wednesday that she and the boy had been friends for a couple of years but weren’t dating.

Sara would sometimes stop by the boy’s house to talk, her family said, adding that she wanted to be a good friend and someone the boy could talk to from time to time.

There was no suicide note left at the scene, according to authorities, who also haven’t released what possibly led to the shootings or who shot whom.

According to the application for a search warrant for the home, the girl was found on her back on a living room couch, and the boy was on the floor nearby. Both had gunshot wounds.

In addition to the rifle and cartridges, deputies seized a fired projectile, cellphones, a bookbag, miscellaneous papers, a green, leafy substance and a piece of drywall, according to the search warrant.

The boy’s father told investigators that the rifle was usually locked up inside the home.

An incident report released Wednesday lists three juveniles as victims in the case, but authorities haven’t said anything about a third person being in the house at the time.

The boy was a freshman at West Johnston High School in Benson, and Sara was home-schooled.

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