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HALLSBORO, NC (WWAY) -- The Columbus County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent attack and murder in Hallsboro.

Deputies reponded to 187 Bussey Rd. around 1:20 p.m. When they arrived they found the body of Keshia April Ward, 31. The also found Ward's boyfriend, Johnny Lee Tyler, 31, who investigators say had been attacked and beaten by multiple assailants. EMS took Tyler to Columbus Regional Healthcare Center in Whiteville.

Investigators say Ward's children found her and Taylor. Detectives say Ward and Tyler were attacked early this morning while the children were sleeping in the house. The children were not injured. Deputies say there were no signs of forced entry.

A cause of death has not been released. An autopsy on Ward's body will take place tomorrow in Raleigh.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Columbus County Sheriff's Office at (910) 642-6551.

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I smell a rat. Be assured

I smell a rat. Be assured when the dust settles and all the facts are revealed, here's the cold hard truth. These 3 drug dealers lost all control while collecting on a drug debt. These people all knew each other, but not in a good way.

WHAT KIND OF EVIL IS THIS?

I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW ANYONE WHO CALLS THEMSELVES HUMAN COULD DO THIS. KEISHA WAS NOT A BIG PERSON, TINY AND PETITE. ONLY COWARDLY THUG, LOW LIFES COULD BEAT A WOMAN TO DEATH AND LEAVE HER FOR HER CHILDREN TO FIND. THERE ARE NO WORDS OR EXPLANATIONS TO EXPLAIN THIS. NOT ANY. AND TO LEAVE MY NEPHEW LAYING IN THE COLD, NEAR DEATH, WHILE HE WAS HELPLESS TO ATTEND TO HIS CHILDREN AND THE WOMAN HE LOVED IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION. I WANT TO SAY, GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL, BUT I CAN'T. YOU SNAKES PROBABLY DON'T HAVE ANY REMORSE FOR THE MANY LIVES YOU HAVE RUINED AND THE HEARTACHE YOU CAUSED. YOU HAVE NO THOUGHT FOR THE TERROR YOU STRUCK INTO THE HEARTS OF THESE CHILDREN AND THE TRAUMA YOU HAVE INFLICTED ON THEIR LITTLE MINDS.

I PRAY THAT THEY NOT TURN INTO THE HATEFUL, RAGEFUL MONSTERS THAT ALL OF YOU ARE. I PRAY THAT THEY CAN FORGIVE AND HEAL.
I WILL LEAVE OTHERS TO PRAY FOR YOU BECAUSE I CAN'T

too young to die

Keisha was a beautiful mother and daughter who did not deserve this her so called friends took her life and left her children with her dead body if the death penilty is meant for anybody its this case and these 3idiots her mom brenda is a great woman who is without a daughter and her grandkids broken hearts and i pray for them all and i do hope to see justice served in this case with 3 guilty verdicts and 3 lethal injections if beating a woman dead who has kids under 12 in the home left unattended with their moms dead body isnt enough for the death penility then nc need not give that sentence to anyone else period.

Keisha was an amazing

Keisha was an amazing person. My mom knew her. I was best friends with her oldest Daughter. She will be missed dearly. Rest Easy Keisha. We love you!

Keshia was an amazing mother

Keshia was an amazing mother and friend. I have known her for so many years. she has so many friends and family that love her dearly. there will definately be a hole in the hearts of many including mine.

Drugs has taken another

Drugs has taken another mother from her children.

Drugs? She died because a

Drugs? She died because a dangerous violent criminal was let out on parole, while many harmless drug users are locked away. Why don't we quit worrying about drugs, and start worrying about murderous thugs?

shame on you for such a

shame on you for such a judgmental comment... do you not think the Families are going through enough heartache? Such ignorance is uncalled for. God bless the Families. May God bless them and help them to find peace and comfort and protect them from these calloused comments.

heavy heart

first off who ever made that rude comment drugs has taken another use your real name you coward and quit slandering people keisha was a good friend of mine she could make you smile by saying a simple hello she used to say we were a team. god bless her children,and and anyone affected by this tragedy

what a terrible

what a terrible tragedy..such a horrible thing for the children to see or find. my prayers are with the family and friends. hopefully they will find the animals that committed this crime..maybe the boyfriend can identify them. does anyone know why it was so late when the children found them if they were attacked at night?.