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Man admits to shooting his wife and child on Facebook before killing himself

'She deserved what she had coming.'


Lyz Lenz


Published Sep 9, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 1:34 am CDT

On Sept. 6, Earl Valentine, of North Carolina, went on Facebook Live and admitted to shooting his ex-wife and child. 

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“She lied on me,” the video begins. “Had warrants taken out on me. She drug me all the way down to nothing. I love my wife, but she deserved what she had coming.” 

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Valentine’s ex-wife is in critical but stable condition, according to the police report. His son, who shared his name, died while on the phone to 9-1-1.

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The video was also a suicide note. At the end Valentine says, “Pleasure knowing all y’all. I’ve been very sick for months. And this is something that I could not help. So I don’t know if I’m gonna make it where I’m going, but if I don’t, I wish all of you a good life.”

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Authorities found Valentine in a hotel room in Columbia, North Carolina. During a stand off with police, Valentine shot himself in the head.

North Carolina Police Chief Taylor Bartholomew told WLTX News that he talked to Valentine on the phone during the standoff. “I told him to come and talk to a grown man about this,” he said. “But you know he wouldn’t. Men like that are cowards. They beat up on women and children. I said to him, ‘You killed your son.’ He kept saying that she did it.”

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*First Published: Sep 9, 2016, 11:46 am CDT