Two Toddlers Left In Car Overnight With Bodies Of Two Fatally Shot Adults
Thursday morning, at around 6 A.M., employees of Barnhill Construction began showing up for their workday in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. One of the workers noticed a car with a man and woman fatally shot in the front seat, and two living children in the back, as reported by ABC 11. They immediately dialed 911.
When authorities arrived, first responders transported the two toddler-aged children to the hospital to be evaluated. Temperatures had dropped to below freezing and hypothermia was a concern, but police say that they are doing well and have been placed into the care of family members.
Rocky Mount Police Chief Robert Hassell publicly identified the two victims as 24-year-old Destiny Wiggins and 28-year-old Devone Brown. Though their relationship between the two hasn’t been revealed, the two children belong to Wiggins only.
“Please keep the family members in your prayers,” Hassell said. “Of course with any kind of situation like this, two members of our community have lost their lives.”
Eric Coley was later arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Police have not released the 42-year-old’s motive, but he is being held without bond.
Breana Wiggins, Destiny Wiggins’ sister, says that her sister was a loving mother of four: two boys and two girls. “She loved to do hair and she loved her babies and family,” she said. Donna Wiggins, Breana and Destiny’s mother, has created a GoFundMe page in order to cover funeral expenses.
“I am asking for all family, friends, loved ones and anyone who can to donate to help us to bury my daughter,” she explains. “She is a mother of 4 who was murdered today. We thank you for all of your help. God bless all of you.”