Rindge native killed in murder-suicide

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/26/2016 6:44:20 PM

A woman with ties to the Monadnock region was found dead in North Carolina on Monday, a victim of what police are calling a murder-suicide.

Rebecca Ann Jones, 23, a Conant High School graduate, was found dead in an apartment complex in Wilmington, North Carolina, police said.

Local police investigating the suicide of Justin Hakeem Walker, 26, found a note that led police to Jones.

Walker shot and killed himself at a Wilmington gun range, police said.

“From what we have gathered, Jones and Walker were estranged,” said Lt. J.J. Brewer, of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. According to Jones’ Facebook page, the two had been engaged on Dec. 25, 2015.

Conant High School Principal Larry Pimental said was new to the position when Jones was a student.

“I was talking to some folks who knew her and they remember her as being a sweet, generous and gentle soul,” Pimental said. “She was engaged in school and worked hard.”

The news of her death was “heartbreaking,” he said.

“A lot of people are affected by this in some way or another,” Pimental said.

Katie Hunt, who grew up in Jaffrey, is one of those people.

Hunt met Jones, along with another girl from their class, in preschool. The three quickly became best friends.

“We were the true definition of the three best friends,” Hunt said. “I went through everything with those two.”

Hunt said she went to Jones’ house every day in elementary school and some of middle school.

She said the group was so close that they got to see all sides of one another; the good, bad, sad and ugly.

But through it all they stuck together.

“Becca is and always has been, the kindest, sweetest, funniest, craziest, most open hearted girl I have ever met,” Hunt said. “And I am the luckiest person on this planet to have grown up with her and to be able to call her my childhood best friend.”

Hunt said she is still in shock over the news.

“Little things just keep randomly appearing or I keep hearing things, and it just makes me think of her,” Hunt said. “She will always be a piece of me.”

Carly Powers, who graduated with Jones, was also affected by the news.

“She was just one of the sweetest girls ever, she was so nice to everyone and she was always happy,” Powers said. “She was athletic and outgoing, the last person you would have thought would be hurt by someone.” 

Staff at Shooter’s Choice gun range in Wilmington called the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office around 2:30 p.m. Monday after Walker rented three handguns to shoot at the indoor range.

After Walker entered the gun range, he shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead after he was transported to the hospital. 

Wilmington police say Jones’ death is being investigated as a homicide, although the final cause of death has not been determined. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy report. 

According to her Facebook page, Jones grew up in Rindge. Jones had studied nursing at Cape Fear Community College, which was located in Wilmington. 

Lt. Brewer said Walker was a reservist in the Marines.

A gofundme page has been set up to help Jones’ family with funeral costs and the cost of getting her belongings back to New Hampshire. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/rest-in-peace-sweet-becca-2vx6v8s.


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