Female Fort Bragg Soldier Accused of Killing Fellow Servicewoman Who Was Dating Her Ex

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Tiara Nicole Vinson, 26, is being held in Cumberland County Jail on accusations she murdered fellow Fort Bragg servicewoman Kelia Horton, 22

By Christine Pelisek

Via People Magazine

May 11, 2021 01:51 PM

A Fort Bragg soldier has been accused of murdering another servicewoman at the North Carolina military installation.

Tiara Nicole Vinson, 26, is being held in Cumberland County Jail with no bond on charges of first-degree murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in connection with the death of 22-year-old Kelia Horton, an active soldier also stationed at Fort Bragg.

The shooting occurred outside a home in Fayetteville, N.C., at about 1:30 p.m. on May 7. 

“The suspect drove up to the residence where the victim was in her car in the driveway and the suspect began shooting,” Fayetteville Police Department Sgt. Jeremy Glass tells PEOPLE. “There were a couple of witnesses that saw it and called it in.”

Officers arrived on the scene and attempted life-saving measures, but Horton later died at a nearby hospital. 

Glass says the shooting wasn’t a random incident. 

“They had a mutual male friend in common,” he says. “It wasn’t an unknown person just going out and shooting another unknown person.”

Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said Vinson allegedly had a past romantic relationship with a man who was in a relationship with Horton at the time of her death, WRAL reported.

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