First autopsy released in family shooting

William Maxwell, Jr., his wife Kathryn and the couple's children - 17-year-old daughter Conner and 15-year-old son Cameron. (image source: Facebook)

December 2, 2009 9:28:40 AM PST
The NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has released the first autopsy in the slaying of a prominent Fayetteville family.

Billy Maxwell Jr. killed his wife Kathy and their two teenage children - Connor and Cameron - before turning a gun on himself Nov. 2.

Documents sent to ABC11 Eyewitness News show Kathy Maxwell was shot twice in the head at close range. The autopsies for Maxwell and the two children were not released, and there was no timeline given for when that might happen.

How the family died may be important to an investigation of the response time to the scene of the shooting after it happened.

911 got a call from the Maxwell home around 6:30 p.m. the evening of the deaths. No one spoke, but there was a sound of gunshots before the call ended. A dispatcher did not send police for more than an hour. Fayetteville police are looking into why that happened.

News of the deaths shocked the Fayetteville community, and hundreds gathered at the Snyder Memorial Baptist Church funeral service.

Billy Maxwell was a deacon at the church and he was remembered as a loving father despite the tragedy.

"We have concluded that Billy was suffering with some sort of mental illness. All of us, even those closest to Billy did not know just how sick he was," offered the Rev. John Cook at the funeral.

The children attended Village Christian, where Maxwell was also a coach.

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