Female Soldier Charged for Killing Fellow Servicewoman, 22, Out of Jealousy
A love triangle turned deadly when one woman went overboard by killing the other out of jealousy— here are the details surrounding the tragedy.
Romance is a cocktail of different positive emotions; however, its absence could lead to the blooming of negative emotions. That is the situation Tiara Vinson found herself in when she let jealousy overcome her.
Vinson was an active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Bragg. She had once been in a romantic relationship with a man who was believed to have moved on with another servicewoman stationed at the same base with Vinson.
Her name was Kelia Horton, and she had been 22 when she lost her life. The incident happened outside a home in Fayetteville, N.C., around 1:30 p.m. on May 7.
Apparently, the house belonged to the man, and the two servicewomen ran into each other, after which a verbal altercation broke out.
|Homicide|— Fayetteville Police (@FayettevillePD) May 7, 2021
1400 blk of Ferndell Dr. officers located an adult female that had been shot outside of a residence. The victim succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
Victim identification is pending next of kin notification.
This is not a random incident. pic.twitter.com/2BetCvBakO
Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said that Vinson started firing into Horton's vehicle after their verbal row. It was in broad daylight, and some eyewitnesses called the police, but it was too late.
It is unknown if Vinson has hired an attorney to defend her or filed a plea.
Sgt. Tiara Nicole Vinson, 26, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property in connection with the death of Spc. Kelia Horton. https://t.co/5YF2CmbER7— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) May 11, 2021
The police arrived to find Horton suffering from a gunshot wound— they tried different emergency measures to keep her alive but to no avail. She later gave up the fight at a nearby hospital.
Vinson, who joined the Army in 2014, has been charged with "first-degree murder" and "discharging a firearm into occupied property." She was arrested on May 7 and is reportedly being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under no bond.
FORT BRAGG SOLDIER CHARGED WITH MURDER: 26-year-old Tiara Vinson of Fayetteville has been charged in the murder of a fellow soldier, 22-year-old Kelia Horton of Spring Lake. https://t.co/8xvn4dOAZG— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) May 9, 2021
The late Horton had been a mother of two whose only mistake was starting an affair with Vinson's former boyfriend. She was a motor pool clerk assigned to the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Bragg.
According to Horton's cousin, Jadiah Farris, she was the "sweetest" person. Farris said, "She would give you the shirt off of her back. There was nothing bad you can say about Kelia."
Tiara Nicole Vinson was charged with first-degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property. Vinson and the victim were stationed at Fort Bragg.https://t.co/ImT6jewtss— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) May 10, 2021
Other members of her family have also called the late Horton a woman with a deep love for people and her country hence her time in the army. For now, it is unknown if Vinson has hired an attorney to defend her or filed a plea, but one thing is for sure, justice will be served.
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