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Fort Bragg special forces sergeant accused of killing an enlisted woman, police say

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Source: Fayetteville police

May 9 2021, Published 1:26 p.m. ET

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An active-duty soldier is accused of fatally shooting a fellow soldier in broad daylight.

Fayetteville police were dispatched to a reported shooting along the 1400 block of Ferndell Drive and found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound outside of a home around 1:20 p.m. on May 7.

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Kelia Horton, 22, originally of Birmingham, Alabama, was an active-duty soldier stationed at Ft. Bragg, and current resident of Spring Lake, North Carolina, died from her injuries, according to Fayetteville police. 

Tiara Nicole Vinson, 26, originally of Norfolk, Virginia, an active-duty soldier stationed at Ft. Bragg, and a resident of Fayetteville, was charged with first-degree murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, according to Fayetteville police.

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Fayetteville Police Sgt. Jeremy Glass told the Fayetteville Observer Horton joined the Army in June 2017 and Vinson joined the Army in January 2014. Both were stationed at the North Carolina base. 

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Glass said Horton was a motor pool clerk assigned to the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade. Sgt. Vinson was a parachute rigger assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. 

“This is not a random event,” The Fayetteville Police posted on their Facebook page

Vinson is currently being held in the Cumberland County Jail without bond.


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