- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2020

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man armed with a knife killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her fetus before killing himself, authorities said.

Waynesville police told news outlets that surveillance footage from a neighbor’s camera showed Robert Brian King, 43, killing Cynthia Lynn Smith, 38, before killing himself on Tuesday.

Interim Police Chief Brian Beck said King used a knife in the murder-suicide.

Beck said King and Smith had previously been in a romantic relationship. Smith was four months pregnant with a girl she planned to name Riley Quinn Smith, police said.

Smith was a teacher at a development center.



Prior reports of domestic violence or a restraining against King weren’t found, Beck said. A motive in the deaths wasn’t immediately released.

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