Sarah Lewis, a 34-year-old mother expecting a second daughter, died over the weekend when her husband — 31-year-old Fort Bragg solider Keith Lewis — reportedly shot her before killing himself. The couple’s 3-year-old child was at home Sunday night when an argument between the two turned deadly.
“Our hearts are broken this week as Harnett County Emergency Services lost one of our own,” read a post on the agency’s Facebook page. “Paramedic Sarah Lewis tragically lost her life Sunday night, along with her unborn daughter.”
Police said Keith Lewis pointed a gun at his wife in a previous dispute, but the charge was later dropped.
“Sarah had an infectious smile and was a light everywhere she went,” Harnett County Emergency Services posted. “Please keep her daughters and family in your thoughts and prayers during this unimaginable time.”
The department added another important message to the post: “If you or anyone you know are suffering from domestic violence, please reach out for help.”
Fayetteville Police Department stated in a press release following the murder that “this shooting does not appear to be a random incident.”
Sarah Lewis’ death sparked a wave of support on social media from neighboring EMS departments.
“Thomasville Rescue Squad, Inc. members are sending their love, thoughts and prayers for y’all and the Lewis families,” Keith Shepherd shared on Facebook. “We will lower our flag in honor of Sarah.”
Laurie Cardin Dolan posted that Sampson County 911 is “holding Paramedic Lewis’ family (biologic and work) close in thoughts and prayers.”
Officers found Keith Lewis dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside their Fayetteville apartment on the 900 block of Willow Street. Emergency personnel rushed Sarah Lewis to the hospital where she and her unborn were pronounced dead.
-Dunn Daily Record