GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Loved ones gathered to say goodbye to a Wayne County teen couple who took their own lives in part of a double suicide that shocked a community.
Officials said 16-year-old Spenser Garrison got into an argument with his girlfriend, 15-year-old Malia Porter, on Monday.
Investigators say Garrison shot himself inside a truck on the side of Capps Bridge Road.
Hours later, officials said Porter found him and then shot herself. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died.
Investigators found one gun inside the truck.
The two were sophomores at Rosewood High School, and Garrison played football for the school.
Many of their classmates filled Rosewood Baptist Church for Garrison’s service Thursday night.
The funeral for Porter will be held Friday night at the Bridge Church in Princeton. That’s where she was very involved with the church and its Honor Star Ministry, a group intended to build women up.
Wayne County Sheriff C.A. Winders issued the following statement:
“My heart goes out to the families of these young people. This is just such a tragic loss for all involved. These two young people made a decision without thinking that has affected their families, their friends and other loved ones. They never got to live a life. My advice to young people. If there is something going on in your life and you need help, please find someone to talk to. Find a family member, a friend, a trusted adult, but please find someone to talk to. The events which unfolded [Monday] is not the answer.”