Victims Identified In Hertford County Shootings

By: Heather King / Bill Wilson
By: Heather King / Bill Wilson

Authorities have now released the names of those shot Sunday in what they say was a murder-suicide in Hertford County.

Sheriff Juan Vaughan tells WITN News that the two people killed are Larry Parker and Simon Carino. A third person, Rufina Sierra, is in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Vaughan says the gunman, Samuel Long, killed himself last night.

Two people were shot at United Turf. Vaughan says Long worked there, but wouldn't say whether the shootings had anything to do with his employment at the company.


Original Story

What appears to be a double-murder and suicide is under investigation in Hertford County. That's according to NBC affiliate WAVY-TV in Norfolk, Va.

Reports say a suspect named Samuel Nash Long shot three people and then himself Sunday. Only one person in all of that survived and is in critical condition.

Lawmen told WAVY-TV there are three separate crime scenes. Two people were shot at United Turf on Route 258 in Hertford County. Another was shot on Statesville Road and finally deputies say the gunman took his life at another location on Statesville Road.

WITN News has numerous calls in to Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan. We will post updates as soon as we receive them.


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  • by Chase Location: Wilson NC on Jan 31, 2012 at 09:18 PM
    Nash was my father and a very good at that. So all you people who are calling him a monster and your hearts go out to all these other people. You all didnt know him like I did so DO NOT judge him for what he did. He was under alot off stress and his last words to me were "I love you son and i all ways will, never forget how much i love you." He was a very good man and father who wouldve done anything for his family and friends. I am sorry for those families who lost members but so did I an i have feelings too so when you talk about him how do you think it makes me feel. Sorry for your loses, I hope you fogive my father. God bless you all
  • by Leslie Location: Florida on Jan 20, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    I babysat for Nash and Susan for years, and my family and the Longs were good friends and neighbors. I remember Nash as a sweet, very energetic little boy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the families of those lost. May God bless you all and grant you peace. I will always think of the Long Family with great fondness.
  • by Fairness Location: charlotte on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:25 PM
    I hope that the WITN Moderator will continue this practice of deleting negative comments for everyone when a tragedy occurs and not showing any special favortism for just one person. I can remember a lot of hurtful comments from insensitive people when Angelo Lee was murdered. I hope you continue to do this for all murder victims and/or murderers.
  • by unknown Location: Woodland on Dec 6, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    this is terrible. larry and susan took me in their home for years i know i'm the person i am today because of the of the parker family. love you susan, jarrett and ashley thinking of judy and her children too.
  • by TONYA Location: FREEMAN on Dec 1, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    A special thanks to WITN for stopping the maddness...Regardless of who, what, when, and where, several people need our love, support and devotion. We as a community should be willing to offer that as opposed to backbiting, slandering, ridiculing, etc. Its time we all come together and support the families of the ones who perished. Love, heals....cant we show a little love? Cant we be sympathetic? How can anyone believe that unkind words or remarks help in a tragedy such as this? Today a wife has no husband, a child has no father, a mother has no son, a sibling has no brother, a friend has no confidant, its these things that we should all be concerned with. We need to get back to the basics, stop smearing, join together and support everyone involved with love and caring. Again, I thank you WITN for removing some of the comments that were very hurtful to the family. I know we value our right to free speech, however, sometimes we need to value our right to be unheard....Thanks again!!
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Dec 1, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    We have deleted many of the comments posted on this story out of respect to the families involved. We invite you to post remberances, thoughts, prayers and well-wishes to the families involved. Thanks for your understanding.
  • by k Location: nc on Nov 30, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    I agree. Stop the postings and let the healing begin.
  • by terry Location: tarboro on Nov 29, 2008 at 09:59 PM
    this is a terrible tradgy for all that was involved ,but we cannot judge nash for this.nash was a good kid growing up and none of us no what happened to make him do this.but i do not beleve he will be sent to hell and i think people out there sayin that are cruel,he has family and small children for god sake,we have to think of those left behind. i am truly sorry for thr lives hes destroyed,a lot of people are hurt by this and we will pray for all that were involved ,nash u r wid ure dad now rest in peace.
  • by former coworker Location: NC on Nov 29, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    I am a former coworker of all involved in this terrible tragedy. I can't begin to express my grief and sorrow for all of the families, friends and United Turf staff. There was been much said about Larry and Nash and deserving so, but I also want to mention that another one of the victims, Simon was a wonderful hard working man - you couldn't meet a nicer man. We are all still in shock, this is something you hear about on the news, not people you know - we will never understand what could possess someone to commit such a terrible crime - I just pray for ALL families involved, may God be with them all. This wasn't the Nash that we knew-
  • by unknown Location: plymouth on Nov 26, 2008 at 04:53 PM
    To J in Murfreesboro only God can determine if someone goes to heaven or hell not you. Evidently you have some issues of your own you need help with. I knew Nash and he was always kind and respectful to me. He must of had some terrible things going on his life to do this. None of us will never know what was going on his life so who are we to judge. Matter of fact we are not to judge. I will say a prayer for tonight when I'm praying for EVERYONE involved.
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