A female soldier stationed at Fort Bragg was said to be angry with her ex-boyfriend for breaking up with her when she drove up to his house and fatally shot his new girlfriend, a fellow servicewoman, who just happened to be there.
Fayetteville police announced the arrest of Tiara Nicole Vinson, 26, on Saturday in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Kelia Horton, a single mother of two young children who was also stationed at Fort Bragg.
The victim’s cousin Jadaiah Farris revealed to DailyMail.com in a phone interview on Monday that after repeatedly shooting Horton in Fayetteville on Friday afternoon, Vinson was allegedly overheard saying that the bullets were meant for her ex-boyfriend, who was not home at the time.
Farris said that while Vinson and Horton both served at Fort Bragg, they hardly knew one another and ‘never argued’ prior to the deadly confrontation.
She added: ‘they weren’t friends or enemies.’
Fayetteville police announced the arrest of Tiara Nicole Vinson (left), 26, on Saturday. Vinson is charged in connection with the death of 22-year-old Kelia Horton (right), who police said was found shot outside a Fayetteville home Friday afternoon
Farris, who described her cousin as ‘the most loving person’ and a doting mother to her two children, ages 2 years and 7 months old, said that Horton had recently started dating Vinson’s ex-boyfriend.
She said the man had broken up with Vinson because he said they relationship was ‘toxic.’
Farris add that she has heard unverified claims that Vinson was pregnant, and that her ex-boyfriend, who was now dating Horton, was the father of her unborn baby.
‘She was the sweetest person,’ Farris said of her slain relative. ‘She would literally give the shirt of her back.’
Horton’s two young children are now staying with their biological fathers. Farris said it would have broken her cousin’s heart because she never wanted her children to be separated.
Police said in a statement that officers were dispatched to a reported shooting along the 1400 block of Ferndell Drive (pictured)
Police said in a statement that officers were dispatched to a reported shooting along the 1400 block of Ferndell Drive.
Upon arrival, officers located an adult female who had been shot outside of a residence.
Horton’s cousin said, based on a neighbor’s account, that Vinson initially walked up to Horton, shot her and left, then returned and shot her a second time.
Authorities said a responding officer performed life-saving measures until she could be transported to a local hospital for her injuries.
The victim succumbed to her injuries, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police Sgt Jeremy Glass said that no further details about the shooting were immediately available.
Vinson, who faces charges of first-degree murder and shooting a firearm into occupied property, was being held at the Cumberland County Jail without bond, police said.
Horton (pictured) was a motorpool clerk assigned to the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade. She joined the Army in 2017
Both women were active-duty soldiers stationed on Fort Bragg (file image), Col Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps said
It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
Both women were active-duty soldiers stationed on Fort Bragg, Col Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps, told The Fayetteville Observer.
Buccino said Horton was a motorpool clerk assigned to the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade. Horton joined the Army in 2017.
Vinson, of Norfolk, Virginia, was a parachute rigger assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. Vinson joined the Army in 2014.
‘This is a tragic, senseless loss and a terrible moment, particularly for those here who knew Kelia,’ Buccino told the newspaper.
‘The command at the 525 Military Intelligence Brigade is organizing grief counseling for Kelia’s fellow soldiers and engaging with the family,’ he added.