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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The boyfriend of the North Carolina woman who shot and killed five children, wounded a former lover and killed herself says he doesn’t why know she did what she did.

David Stokes told WXII-TV that he had dated 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder for eight months before the shootings Nov. 20. Officers say Holder apparently shot one of her sons and three other children while they slept at her Pleasant Garden home, shot and wounded her married former lover, then killed her younger son.

Holder then killed herself. She left two notes taking responsibility for the killings

Stokes says he understands the hard feelings people hold toward Holder, saying he would feel the same way if he hadn’t known her personally.

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