COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Deputies in Columbus County discovered two bodies inside a home on Spivey Road, outside of Tabor City, Monday morning just before noon.
Investigators say they were responding to reports that someone was barricaded inside and spent more than two hours on the scene.
According to deputies, the SWAT team found the bodies of 45-year-old Robert Hewett Jr. and his 36-year-old wife Farrah Faith Prince when they entered the home.
Investigators said it appears Hewett died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and Prince had been stabbed multiple times.
According to deputies, the two were recently married. They say Prince's three sons alerted relatives that something was wrong after they went to the couple's bedroom door Monday morning and never got a response.
Civietown Fire Chief, Mark Hewett confirms that Robert Hewett Jr. was the fire chief in Civietown for more than 20 years. He retired in 2011.
Mark Hewett said he is shocked to hear the news and his condolences go out to both families involved.
The crime sent chills through Lauren Bellamy who lives across the street.
"We heard two gunshot blasts it sounded like," explained Bellamy. "When we came out everyone was already over there. We didn't hear anything in the middle of the night. It was quiet. They usually kept to themselves."
Bellamy said Prince and her sons lived in the home on Spivey Road for years. Bellamy said she didn't know Prince personally but would often see her sons outside in the yard.
"I can see the kids right now in my mind. I can imagine how they're feeling," said Bellamy. "They're just so young. There were three boys. They used to play and have so much fun. I noticed the older boy didn't go to school this morning. Usually we hear his truck."
"Just say some prayers for the children. It's sad. You never know what's happening inside a house you never know," added Bellamy.
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