Two teens found dead in Johnston County home, cause ruled murder-suicide

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ANGIER, N.C. (WTVD) -- The two people found dead in a Johnston County home were both teenagers, the sheriff's office said in a news release Tuesday.

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Officials with the Johnston County Sheriff said the two teenagers, both 14 years of age, were found dead as a result of a murder-suicide.

The bodies were found around 5:30 p.m. Monday at a house in the 200 block of Clayton Road in Angier.

One of them was a boy and one was a girl. Authorities are not releasing their identities because of their ages.

The boy lived at the Clayton Road home. He went to school at West Johnston High School.

A neighbor said the girl was homeschooled.

Deputies said the boy's father was the one who found the bodies.

"He started crying, he was screaming in the front yard," neighbor Cheyanne DeRossa told ABC11.

Police did not say who died as a result of murder and who committed suicide.

In the minutes after the bodies were found, neighbors said they heard screams of desperation from a man and woman who made the grisly discovery.

"When they came out, we heard a lot of screaming, 'Oh my God, no. Oh my God, no,' next thing we know there's cops and crime scene," said Stephane Wirth, who lives next door with her three daughters.

About 9 p.m., deputies obtained a search warrant to enter to the home.

The coroner arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. to remove the bodies.

All of the neighbors said the family mostly kept to themselves.

"They were a really nice family," DeRossa said. "They were outside a lot. BBQ a lot. It's all really shocking. They seemed really happy."