SNEADS FERRY, NC (WWAY) — Two months ago exactly, authorities found two men, Robert Clinton Shellhammer IV and Christopher William Stewart, stabbed to death on North Topsail Beach.
Now, a day after a woman was arrested for murdering one of them, she made her first court appearance.
19-year-old Bekka Shellhammer was arrested yesterday afternoon at her home in Sneads Ferry.
She has been charged with the murder of Christopher Stewart.
The victim’s family cried as Shellhammer entered the court room two months after her husband and Christopher Stewart were murdered at North Topsail Beach.
Back in July, Willa-Jo Green and her friend were taking a stroll on the beach when a woman came up to her crying for help.
“She’s just walking up to us and she says ‘Can you help me? Please help me. He’s dead!'” Green said. “We were just stunned from the moment she said he was dead. We were like, ‘Who’s dead?’ And she said, ‘My husband. He’s been stabbed, and he’s dead.’”
When Green asked what happened, she says the woman just kept saying “I don’t know.”
Now, two months later, Shellhammer is charged with the murder of Christopher Stewart.
“We just want justice for our child,” Stewart’s mother, Shari White said.
Family members of Stewart say it has been a rough couple of months, but they are hoping with Shellhammer’s arrest, they will finally see some justice in the murder of their son.
“We just have learned to deal with it every second of the day that he’s not coming home but we are glad once again to know that somebody has been arrested, and we can just keep praying that justice will be served,” White said.
White and her husband say the meeting between the three at North Topsail Beach was not random.
But they say there are still many unanswered questions as to why this happened.
White says although they are happy Shellhammer is behind bars, the arrest cannot bring their son home.
“No, it does not bring closure by any means.” White said. “We’ve lost our son.”
Shellhammer is being held on a $1 million bond at the Onslow County Jail.
We tried reaching out to the Onslow County Jail for a jailhouse interview with Shellhammer, but we never heard back.