Police identify men killed at North Topsail Beach, keep other details quiet

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Submitted: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 3:09am
Updated: Thu, 08/01/2013 - 12:26pm

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police in North Topsail Beach are still not saying much about what led to the deaths of two men on the beach Thursday night, but we do finally know who the men were and about their troubles with the law in the past.

Robert Clinton Shellhammer IV and Christopher William Stewart lived just a few miles from one another in Sneads Ferry. They died just yards apart on North Topsail Beach.

“Someone just came up to us on the beach, and she got stabbed and her husband got stabbed,” a woman caller told 911 that night.

Witnesses said a third victim, Bekka Shellhammer, was taken from the scene with knife wounds she apparently suffered trying to break up a fight between the men. Investigators, though, have not commented on her involvement.

“She came up saying her husband has been stabbed and that he’s dead,” the caller told 911. “We don’t know if maybe she has a knife and maybe she stabbed him, but we don’t know what’s going on. We’re literally talking to her through the door now.”

Neither Robert Shellhammer nor Stewart were strangers to life outside of the law. Court records show that Shellhammer was convicted in 2003 on felony charges of indecent liberties with a child and assault on a child. Stewart was convicted on drug charges in 2011, but people who knew him say he had cleaned up his act.

His stepfather described the shock his family received when they got the news.

“When you’re awakened at 5 o’clock in the morning and they’re asking you questions but not telling you anything, it just hurts,” Christopher White said.

Police say their investigation continues, but that they are not looking for any suspects.

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46 Comments on "Police identify men killed at North Topsail Beach, keep other details quiet"

An old old friend
2015 years 8 months ago

This whole story makes my heart very sad! I knew Chris and he was LOVED by all. I can rememeber so many times together! He had a way of making you LAUGH beyond belief!! He was a kind and good-hearted SOUL! I know his soul was good and so does the Lord!! You will be missed Chris!!

2015 years 8 months ago

To pay a lawyer to keep them from serving time why else?? Apparently you don’t know very much about the area if you think there’s no drug dealers in Sneads Ferry!

2015 years 8 months ago

Who cares. Do you realize how many shady people are in Sneads Ferry, Surf City, and Hampstead? People there get ratted on, they find out who ratted them out and they stay friends with each other.

2015 years 8 months ago

Those females taking pictures are seriously disturbed. What the hell is wrong with this world? Your disgusting and for all of you running your mouth giving your two cents about the guys involved if you didn’t know them personally shut the hell up. Only God can judge and if your saying a drug charge is a horrific thing…. Then you must not of ever sinned? A drug charge two years ago from someone who was, I’m sure loved by hundreds more people them most of you will ever be even slightly liked by is not horrible. Most of you inhuman people need to find a hobby and get a life. You didn’t even know these folks and your up here commenting & judging meanwhile the skeletons in your closet are tucked away and hid from the world. Just remember what you say and how you treat folks will come back to bit you in the butt and all of your indiscretions will one day be blasted for the world to see and I hope your given the same amount of decency you’ve shown the families of these two men.

2015 years 8 months ago

paying a lawyer now does no good. Your post merely stated they had to pay money.

The link you provided certainly takes one to a leading publication. Odd it never appears more often.