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Robeson County families impacted by murders glad police making arrests

The families of six people killed in the past week in Robeson County say they're glad police are arresting those responsible for the murders, but it doesn't take away their pain.

The families of six people killed in the past week in Robeson County say they're glad police are arresting those responsible for the murders, but it doesn't take away their pain.

The families said it's painful every time they learn of another murder in the county.

Angela Roller lost her niece this week to what she calls a senseless killing. Ashley Nicole Smith and Steven McCray were found shot to death, covered in weeds in a field off of Collins Mill Road in the Fairmont area of Robeson County.

Roller said the killing has just devastated her family. "Why would somebody do her like that? She didn't bother nobody. She was a good person. Three children have lost their mother and I know that hurts. KK was close to her mother, now she ain't got one," said Roller.

Libby Roller said her granddaughter was a sweet girl. She can't believe she's gone. "It's hard. She was my baby. My oldest granddaughter and she was good. She was just as good as she could be," said Libby Roller.

The Bonnette family said they feel what the Roller family is going through. Their loved one was shot to death back on December 28.

Patrick Bonnie and Robbie Hammonds were found murdered in Bonnette's mechanic shop on at Nestlé Road in the Saddletree community just outside of Lumberton.

"It's an emotional roller coaster ride that we are on. You can't eat, sleep, can't concentrate during the day. All you know is someone has come and has taken a life, that didn't give her life. And they have no idea what they have taken from me and my family," said Carol Britt.

The families have a lot in common. This isn't the first time they've faced a love one being murdered. The Roller family had a loved one shot and killed in 2013 and the Bonnette family lost a loved one to a murder in 2011.

"When you can step in a graveyard and you see one of your brothers is 46 and the other is 47 and both of them buried beside each other, God didn't intend it to be that way," said Britt.

"We hope to see that justice is served when these people are caught that do these crimes. Because I had a son murdered in 2013," said Deborah Lowery.

The families are thankful for the efforts of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Officials have made an arrest in all but one of the murders and they have a warrant for someone in that particular case.

Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said his deputies and investigators have worked around the clock to track down those responsible.

Officials hope that brings some relief to the families.

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