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Double Homicide: Pregnant North Carolina teen found dead inside car

Aiyonna Clarice Barrett, Black maternal health, Black Women, News, North Carolina -

Double Homicide: Pregnant North Carolina teen found dead inside car

Police in Southern Pines, NC found the body of 18-year old Aiyonna Clarice Barrett in a car last weekend. The car was parked on a dirt road. The case is being investigated as a double-homicide because Barrett was carrying a full-term fetus.

Authorities have not released the cause of death for Barrett or the unborn child, but they have issued a statement.

Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme:
“On behalf of the Southern Pines Police Department, please accept our deepest sympathy on the unexpected loss of Aiyonna and her child. The Southern Pines Police Department shares the pain and sorrow felt by all. Please draw comfort in knowing that the entire Southern Pines Police Department has pledged an unwavering commitment to the relentless pursuit of justice for all concerned. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in faith and sympathy.”

Police say they do not think Aiyonna Clarice Barrett’s murder was a random act of violence and have assured the community that there is no threat to the general public on the loose.

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Barrett’s mother, Ebony Gomez, told  WRAL that the teen was looking forward to graduating from high school in June and that she had made strides in her early adult life.

She was 18, but her maturity was just … she had it set up to where she’d be at her own place. She had a car. She was working. She’d enrolled in community college,” noted Gomez.

“She definitely had a glow. She was always a light-spirited person. She was smart, funny, she was outgoing,” said Barrett’s sister, Brianna Gomez.

Friends say Aiyonna Clarice Barrett was due to give birth in May.

The Southern Pines Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding the case call them at 910-692-7031 or Crime Stoppers at 910-693-4110. All information can be provided anonymously.

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