YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — A small and quiet Yadkin County community is searching for answers after three people were found dead and another critically injured on North Oak Ridge Church Road Sunday afternoon. Yadkin County sheriff’s deputies found two people in a home while two others were miles down the road in a car at a church parking lot.
“Our community is just grieving and just has a lot of questions about what’s going on,” said Phillip Link, the pastor of North Oak Ridge Baptist Church.
A few hours after delivering a sermon during an outside worship service in the church parking lot Link came across a scene he’ll never forget.
“It was like something in a bad movie,” he said. “Something you couldn’t imagine happening in this place, especially at a church.”
Investigators are trying to piece together a timeline of events using the church surveillance video.
While the names have not been released Yadkin County Sheriff William Oliver told FOX8 all four people are related and believe it was domestic violence in nature.
Oliver said it started when someone called 911 and hung up the phone around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The call was traced to a house on North Oak Ridge Church Road. When deputies arrived, they found one person dead and another with life-threatening injuries. The victim is being treated at a local hospital.
Deputies started to search for a car of interest and spotted it at the North Oak Ridge Baptist Church parking lot. Deputies discovered two people dead inside. Link was one of the first people to arrive after sheriff’s deputies taped off the scene.
“It’s just hard to imagine,” Link said. “They had a sheet over top of the windshield and to think about right here a place of church where you think about life and to know that two people lost their lives.”
Boonville residents are trying to process what happened
“It’s devastating,” said Annette Cothren, the Boonville Restaurant manager. “It’s very shocking, surprising that something like that happened right here in this little town.”
Dorothy Baity, the owner of the Boonville Antique Mall was born and raised in the area. She told FOX8 she’s never heard of anything like this happening in the town.
“It’s just tragic,” she said. “I just hope nothing ever happens like this again.”
Link told FOX8 he hopes the community will start to heal from the tragedy.
“I know that God will somehow bring our community and our church and this area through this,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be better people on the other side.”
The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office plans to share an update on the case Tuesday morning.