Posted: Mar. 12, 2007
Updated: Mar. 13, 2007
Clayton — A father and two children were found
dead Monday afternoon at a Johnston County home in what authorities are calling a double murder and suicide.
Authorities said Steven Henry, 35, from Garner, shot his 6-year-old daughter, Ashley, and 4-year-old
son, Gregory, before turning a gun on himself.
The slayings occurred outside the home of Dawn Henry -- Steven Henry's estranged wife and the
children's mother -- on Vinson Road between Clayton and Wilson's Mills, authorities said.
The couple was engaged in a bitter custody battle, authorities said, and Dawn Henry contacted
the Johnston County Sheriff's Office Monday morning after seeing her estranged husband's car in her driveway as she was returning
When deputies arrived at the house to see what Steven Henry wanted, they found all three bodies
inside the car, authorities said.
Authorities spent Monday afternoon collecting evidence from the scene, and Dawn Henry was taken
to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office late Monday afternoon to speak with investigators.
Dawn, Ashley and Gregory Henry had been living the house for about six months, and neighbors
said Monday they were stunned by the slayings.
"It just disrupts the whole flow of life," neighbor John Benson said. "It's unbelievable. It's
Authorities said Dawn Henry is an employee of the Johnston County School System. It is unknown
what job, if any, Steven Henry held before his death.
According to Steven Henry's neighbors in Garner, he was rarely seen outside his home and didn't
interact with anyone in the neighborhood