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The horrific alleged murder-suicide discovered at a homeless encampment Sunday in Sampson County, North Carolina, resulting in the deaths of four people, puts the spotlight on the increasingly urgent crisis of homelessness facing communities across the country.
Sampson County deputies are investigating after the four were found fatally shot at a homeless campsite in the woods near Autryville, North Carolina, on Sunday morning, according to WRAL News.
Deputies responded to reports of gunfire around 9:22 a.m. and discovered the bodies of two men and two women. Investigators believe all four had been residing in tents on the property for several weeks.
According to the landowner, who spoke to WRAL, the deceased were a homeless brother and sister who had previously been staying with their mother before being kicked out. Also killed were the girlfriend of the brother and the boyfriend of the sister.
Capt. Eric Pope of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office told WRAL that the evidence suggests one man murdered the three others before turning the gun on himself.
The victims were identified as Daniel Jay Wiltshire, 44; Amber Rae King, 43; and Carrie Nichole Trampel, 41. All three suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
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