Woman kills husband, herself, Forsyth County officials say

A woman killed her husband “sometime over the weekend” before taking her own life early Monday, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in the 5400 block of Memphis Street after a friend of the family received a concerning phone call or text message, Forsyth County sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater told


When deputies arrived after 3:45 a.m., two young children were waiting by the front door. Deputies found the man and the woman dead inside. The sheriff’s office identified the man as 50-year-old Adrian Lavaughan Brewster and the woman as 32-year-old Jackielyn Belangel Brewster.

The children are safe and in the care of family and friends. They are under 10 years old, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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Authorities have responded to the home in the past for “nonviolent calls,” Rainwater said.

This is the second death investigation on Memphis Street in two years. In October of 2016, 51-year-old Jimmy Hendrix was killed by his roommate at a home in the same block.

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Hendrix’s stepdaughter, Tienna Dyer, still lives in the area. She was surprised to wake up Monday morning to more police activity on the street.

She said the Brewster family had lived in the neighborhood with their children for about two or three years.

“They are really quiet,” Dyer said. “They just keep to themselves.”

Deputies, detectives and fire personnel who worked the scene Monday morning wore hazmat suits. Rainwater said the gear was out of precaution for the investigators’ safety, primarily because of the two bodies. 

Investigators wearing hazmat suits exit a home in the 5400 block of Memphis Street in Forsyth County where a man and a woman were found dead Monday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“The major crimes unit is investigating,” he said. “They will come to a conclusion based on the evidence inside the house.”

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