Deputies: Man admitted to shooting, killing his ex-girlfriend

Neighbor held the hand of young murder victim when she died.

Man charged in ex-girlfriend's murder

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man has been charged with murder after deputies say he admitted to shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend.

Around 9:30 p.m. Burke County deputies responded to a shooting on McDuffy Road in Connelly Springs. Jeremy Shayne Baldridge, 22, met officials walking down McDuffy Road. A report says he was cooperative and compiled with deputies’ commands.

Baldridge told officials he shot his ex-girlfriend Caitlyn Alexis Truax, 18. Baldridge was taken into custody and a pistol was seized from the road.

The suspect was transported to the sheriff’s office and charged with murder. He is being held without bond and has his first court appearance Wednesday.

Several neighbors said they did not hear any arguing but did hear a shot. Lori Triplett and her son ran outside when they realized Truax had been shot.

“We went to her and did our best,” said Brandon Triplett.

Lori says he checked the young woman’s pulse and found a weak one.

“I sat down beside her and held her hand,” she said, and added, “I kept talking to her and said please wake up, please wake up.”

She didn’t.

A small memorial with flowers and statues now sits near the spot where Truax died.

Lori says what happened was something that’s hard to get over. The image in her mind, she says, keeps playing over and over again.

“It will stay in my mind for the rest of my life,” she said.

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