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Kathy Taft's Daughter Reacts To Hearing 911 Call

Kathy Taft's daughter says she cried after hearing the 911 tape made by her aunt that fateful Saturday morning.

Paige Fuqua says she heard the tape for the first time Thursday night, hours before the recording and other documents relating to her mother's death were released to the media. "I heard somethings that I really didn't want to hear," Fuqua told WITN's Michael Baldwin. "I mean it was just sad and it made me...I hated to think of my mom suffering like she did."

The Greenville resident said it was said to hear what her aunt, Dina Holton, was describing to a 911 operator. "We had an idea before we heard the tapes it was horrifying. It's horrifying to think of your mom suffering like that," said Fuqua.

According to the documents released, Taft was beaten and sexually assaulted at a friend's home in Raleigh either on the night of March 5th or the morning of March 6th. She died three days later at WakeMed.

Holton, who lives in Oriental, told the 911 operator that her sister had plastic surgery the day before. "She is in the bed, I cannot get her up. She is all wrapped up with a shawl....there is blood everywhere, everywhere" Holton told 911.

There have been no arrests in the murder of the state school board member and Paige Fuqua has a message for her mother's attacker. "Please don't do it to anyone else. I think you have caused enough pain and suffering for our family and all the people who cared about my mom. And you know I would like for that person to turn themselves in. Do the right thing. Yeah, they have already done the wrong thing, now we have a chance to do the right thing."


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Documents released Friday morning in the Kathy Taft murder case say police believe the state school board member from Greenville was sexually assaulted. Taft's sister told a 911 operator that the 62-year-old woman was foaming at the mouth and there was blood everywhere.

A Wake county superior court judge agreed to seal the records into the investigation for 30 days after the March 9th murder.

To view the court documents, click the link at the top of the story

Also released Friday were two 911 tapes. Taft's sister, Dina Holton, first called 911 believing her sister had complications from plastic surgery done the day before.

Sister: "She had surgery on her neck and her....(unintelligible)
911: "Okay, tell me what's going on with her right now?"
Sister: "She is in the bed, I cannot get her up. She is all wrapped up with a shawl....there is blood everywhere, everywhere.
911: "Is she awake?"
Sister: "No." 911: "No?"
Sister: "Kathy, Kathy...she's foaming at the mouth."
911: "Ok, hold on."
Sister: "I cannot wake her up, oh it's horrible."

Hours later while Taft was at WakeMed, an emergency room employee made the second call to report the possible rape after she was examined. "The family thinks they might have seen somebody, but they really don't know. We can't ask the patient anything," said the hospital employee.

The 62-year-old Taft was found beaten inside a Raleigh home and died three days later in the hospital.

One of the documents is a search warrant for the car of Taft's sister, Dina Holton, of Oriental. A handwritten note, fingerprints and swabs of DNA were taken from the vehicle.

Police also searched Taft's car. Taft and her sister were staying at the Raleigh home while Taft recovered from a minor surgery.

The court documents say many items were seized from the home, including sheets, pillows, computers, DNA swabs and golf clubs. The warrants show "Taft had a cut on the back of her head" and had been sexually assaulted.

A $25,000 reward.has been offered by Taft's family.


Details on the brutal beating of Greenville resident and state school board member, Kathy Taft, could be released Friday.

A Wake county superior court judge agreed to seal the records into the investigation for 30 days after the March 9th murder.

Now that time is up police reports, search warrants and 911 warrants could be unsealed. 62 year old, Taft was found beaten inside a Raleigh home and died three days later in the hospital.

Authorities have not released much information since her death.


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