Sheriff identifies victims in Halifax County quadruple killing


ENFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – The Halifax County Sheriff has identified the victims in a weekend quadruple killing in Enfield.

(David Hurst/CBS North Carolina)

The four were killed in what the sheriff believes was a home invasion in the Glenview Community of Fishing Creek Road.

The four were around the kitchen table when they were killed, authorities have said.

Sheriff Wes Tripp identified the victims as:

  • Janice Harris, 72
  • James Harris, 88
  • James Whitley, 76
  • Peggy Whitley, 67

Janice and James Harris were residents of the home where the killings occurred, Tripp said. The Whitleys were visiting when they were killed.RELATED: Sheriff: 2 elderly couples shot to death in Halifax County home invasion

Tripp said that the bodies were discovered Monday morning when a family member went to check on relatives.

Some items of value had been taken from the home, prompting authorities to suspect a robbery but investigators have not said what was taken.

“I will not tip my hands to these cowards, so we’re keeping everything kind of close at hand,” Tripp said.

While Tripp stopped short of saying there is a threat to the public, he said residents should be cautious until suspects are apprehended.

Tripp said he has never seen a murder investigation like this one in his 33 years in law enforcement.

“This is very hard but you have to set your emotions aside and do the job that’s at hand,” Tripp said.

The SBI, ATF and surrounding law enforcement are assisting the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

No suspect information has been released but a $9,000 reward is being offered in connection with the killings.

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