Residents of Fayetteville, and hundreds of people on social media, were stunned by a video they believe showed the final moments of a young man and the dead body of a young woman.
The body of Tatiana Haywood, 18, was found about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday morning after police were called to her home in the 3700 block of Carlos Avenue, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. The individual police say shot her, Nasir Scott, was taken from the scene to the hospital with an “apparent self-inflicted” gunshot wound where he was pronounced dead, the release said.
The roughly 30-second video was posted at 7:53 a.m. Wednesday to an Instagram account believed to belong to Scott and began with what sounded like a male breathing heavily. The camera was pointed at the floor as he walked through what appeared to be a kitchen, then down a short, dark hallway. The individual then walked into a room, cursing under his breath, and the camera captured images of what appeared to be the body of a young woman lying on the floor. The person filming then tossed a handgun onto a bed and cursed under his breath again. The video ended moments after the individual uttered two worried expletives as he lifted the girl's arm and she did not respond. The video was no longer available on Scott's account as of 9 a.m. Thursday.
Scott's Instagram account was full of pictures showing both Haywood and himself throughout their relationship. There were photos of them dressed as characters for Halloween, inside a room that was similar to the one shown in the last video and also in front of a school bus.
Cumberland County Schools spokesperson Lindsay Whitley said Thursday that Haywood was a senior at Douglas Byrd High School and was set to graduate at 8 a.m. June 7. He said Scott was a former 11th-grade student at the school who "chose to leave" on May 10.
Whitley said members of the school district's trauma and loss team were at the school Wednesday and Thursday.
"We are deeply saddened to learn about this tragic situation," he said. "Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones."
We are unclear why Scott shot Haywood, and then himself, but we do want to make resources available for anyone who is struggling with their mental health or that of another. If you would like to seek help for yourself, or for another, please click here. Our prayers are with both of these families.