2 die in shootings on quiet road near Garner

kpoe@newsobserver.comMarch 29, 2013 

A man and woman died Friday morning in what Wake County sheriff’s deputies said appears to be a murder-suicide in a pairing of houses located on a gravel road nestled among several subdivisions along Old Stage Road.

Preliminary investigation indicates Kyle Christopher Miller, 25, fatally wounded Jennifer Callighan and then took his own life, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Jimmy Stevens said a confrontation between Miller and Callighan appeared to have begun at 1309 Fieldstream Farm Road, where Callighan lived, but she fled to 1308 Fieldstream Farm Road across the road.

That’s where deputies found her body inside the house, and Miller’s body in the front yard.

A neighbor called 911 around 10 a.m., Stevens said, reporting the sound of gunshots.

Donna Partin, who lives in the subdivision behind 1309 Fieldstream Farm Road, heard shots, too.

“I just heard four or five gunshots, and a minute later a couple more,” Partin said. “For a minute I thought, it must be deer season. Then I looked out and (heard) sirens.”

Nicole Johnson, another neighbor, said sounds of deer hunting are common in the woods near the neighborhood, but the shots on Friday sounded different. She didn’t know Callighan well but said she had helped her catch her cat when it got loose.

Callighan was a hairstylist and lived with her sister at 1309 Fieldstream Farm Road, Johnson said. She said Callighan had filed for a restraining order against a former boyfriend, though she did not know his name. Johnson said she rarely saw her outdoors except when Callighan was walking her two large dogs.

“It’s all very close. All that separates us is a white fence,” Johnson said. “We’re a little freaked out. This is actually a really nice neighborhood.”

The Fieldstream Farm Road property is surrounded by the Eagle Ridge subdivision and golf course. Two houses, an unoccupied double-wide trailer and several sheds and barns dot the 15-acre property.

“We’ve had very little trouble here,” Stevens said of the neighborhood.

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