Relatives are mourning the loss of a North Carolina woman who was allegedly killed by her abusive ex-boyfriend in a tragic murder-suicide.
Xamegga Whitfield’s friends and family tells WRAL that she was trying to leave the relationship and was fearful after they broke up. The 25-year-old was reportedly shot to death on Thursday morning (October 21) by 20-year-old Michael Culpepper.
Fayetteville Police released a statement on Thursday about what happened but didn’t officially identify the victims. They say they were called to a Fayetteville neighborhood on Thursday morning, just before 7:30 a.m.
"The preliminary investigation revealed a male subject shot a female subject and then a nearby resident contacted 911 to report the incident," the statement reads. "Responding officers located an adult male on his knees, outside of the residence, in the roadway holding a handgun. As the first officer was arriving, the male subject turned the handgun on himself and shot himself."
Whitfield was located by police and pronounced dead at the scene. Culpepper was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
"She was amazing," Cierra Bell, Whitfield's older sister, told the Fayetteville Observer. "She was my baby. She was so smart. She was everything."
Bell told WRAL that the couple argued the night before the tragic alleged crime.
"I guess, last night, they had got into it or whatever, and then, he had busted my mom's rent-a-car window because they were moving stuff into her house," Bell said. "The next morning, my mom said [Whitfield] was already scared."
Anyone with information related to the deaths is asked to contact Det. J. Olsen at 910-709-1958 or reach out to Fayetteville Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).