A woman killed at her home in Cumberland County was an Army
veteran and an ordained minister, her sister said on Thursday.
Yolanda Renee George, 57, was found dead behind a neighbor's
home on Matt Hair Road Wednesday morning. Her son Jamal Skinner, 35, was also
found dead inside the home. On Thursday, her sister Piccola Miller was at the
house taking out personal belongings.
"This is terrible.
This is hard to get over," Miller said. "It's a hard pill to swallow. You
better believe it, it is really hard."
Cumberland County Sheriff's Detectives said they are
investigating the case as a double homicide. The bodies were sent to the state
medical examiner's office to determine a cause of death.
"What it was all
about I don't know," Miller said. "It's a puzzle, and I guess eventually it'll
get put together, but I don't know nothing."
While Miller may not know
who is responsible or how exactly her sister and nephew where killed, she
wonders if it had to do with a break-in just the day before. She said her
sister thought she knew who had stolen things from her home and she expected
them to come back.
"She left her truck
down there in my back yard so they wouldn't know she was home," Miller
explained. "She said they're coming back to get the TVs, and I'm going to be
waiting for them. Why she didn't call the cops, I don't know."
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna did say people who
live in the community should not worry about the crime being random.
"People in the neighboring homes have nothing to fear," Tanna wrote in
an email. The sheriff's office did not release any other details about the
The area where George and Skinner lived is in the Cedar Creek
area of Cumberland County, about 20 minutes southeast of Fayetteville. Deputies
had the road blocked for hours Wednesday afternoon.
Miller said her sister was born and raised in New York, but she
was stationed at Fort Bragg while in the Army. Miller said her nephew was a
who lives just down the road, these murders have shaken up the quiet country
living she's accustomed to enjoying.
"I guess as time goes
on it'll register and I'll know that she's really gone, but it's hard to know
that my sister is gone," Miller said.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>