FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) — A husband and wife, Jeremy and Rebecka Pearce, are dead and their two young girls are safe after a domestic dispute turned deadly Friday night.
Police found the Pearce’s daughters, ages 2 and 6, locked in a bedroom, unharmed.
The girls were wrapped in blankets and removed from the home. They are now with family members, officials say.
Government records indicate that Jeremy Pearce was formerly an officer with the Louisburg College Campus Police, but was placed on probation for a year after failing to accurately report criminal charges against him.
Fuquay-Varina Police responded to 1713 McLaurin Lane at 8:43 p.m. Friday in response to a breaking and entering call.
Upon entering through the back door, officers heard shots fired. They located the bodies of Rebecka Pearce, 30, and her husband, Jeremy Pearce, 34.
Rebecka Pearce was staying at her parents’ house with the two children. No one else was in her parents’ home at the time, officials say.
Police do not have any additional suspects.
Samata Stanton just moved to the neighborhood three weeks ago from New York.
“It’s scary. You thought it was a safe neighborhood. That’s why when you are shopping for houses, that’s what you look for. For safety. To hear something like that happen right after you move in is crazy,” Stanton said.
Morgan Atkins was also surprised to hear about the incident in her neighborhood.
“Shocked. We didn’t know for a long time what was going on. We were just told to lock our doors and stay inside. We kind of speculated that it was something going on inside the home. Definitely shocked to hear it resulted in two fatalities,” Atkins said.
The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this case, please call the Fuquay-Varina Police Department at (919) 552-3191.
A GoFundMe page has been started to help with expenses.