“To my knowledge, Craven County has never experienced such a senseless loss of innocent lives in modern times,” Hughes said.
Neighbors, who said they preferred not to be identified, told New Bern’s Sun Journal that the couple fought regularly. Neighbors reported hearing “shouting and screaming” from the Irelands’ home often.
Last year, April Ireland started a GoFundMe for her husband, who she said “suffered severely from depression among other mental illnesses.” She also said on the fundraising page that the funds would help her husband because he was “very badly” injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. That fundraiser raised $130 of its $10,000 goal.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover the funeral costs for April Ireland and her children.