Mother, 2 Kids, Boyfriend Dead in ND Shootings

Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 07:16 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The victims of a quadruple slaying in North Dakota were a mother, two of her children and her boyfriend, and all four suffered gunshot wounds, police said Saturday.

Sabrina Zephier, 19, was found dead after police received a call about "a woman down and bloody" at an apartment Friday afternoon in Minot, police said in a statement.

Less than an hour later, a similar call came in about a boy lying on the floor bleeding from the mouth in a trailer southeast of town. Police responded and found three more victims: Zephier's mother, Jolene Zephier, 38; her brother, Dylan Zephier, 13; and Jolene Zephier's boyfriend, Jeremy Longie, 22, said Minot Police Capt. Dan Stranberg.

Stranberg said police have questioned a "person of interest" but no arrests have been made. Officials would not say whether that person was being held or what may have led to the two separate shootings, but they insist the public isn't in danger.

"Nobody has been taken into custody," Stranberg said. "But we don't have somebody out there randomly shooting people at random."

North Dakota averages only 11 homicides a year, and a steady stream of onlookers drove past both crime scenes in the snow-covered city Saturday.

Rick Ricker, of Dallas, rented an apartment next door to Sabrina Zephier's place a week ago to take a construction job in town. Ricker said police were at her apartment well into Friday night.

"I'm ready to head back to Texas," he said.

Andrea Proper, 34, of Minot, said she learned about the killings Saturday morning.

"I'm not scared," she said. "I think it's just an isolated incident."

"Everyone's going to say that this doesn't happen in Minot, but it has," added her husband, Derek. "Welcome to the real world."

Minot, about 100 miles north of Bismarck, has a population of about 36,000 and is home to the Minot Air Force Base, which has about 4,800 active-duty military personnel. It's also in the shadow of the state's booming oil patch and has benefited from the region's increased crude production in recent years.

The North Dakota Attorney General's office said 15 homicides occurred in North Dakota in 2009, up from four in 2008 — the lowest on record. The 2010 statistics were not yet available, but the state has averaged about 11 homicides annually.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ward County Sheriff's Office were helping Minot police with the investigation.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Boston Bomb Suspect’s Friend Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:41 PM

A close friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty to owning the handgun Tsarnaev allege . . .

Obama Appointee's Group Accused of Illegal Politicking

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:09 PM

A nonprofit group run by an Obama administration appointee may have supported Democratic mayoral candidates in Californi . . .

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Obamacare About to Hit Every American

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:41 PM

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen says that every American is about to feel the effects of Obamacare when tax season hits in 2 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved