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Minister kills mistress in NC, self in Hopewell PD parking lot

Wilber Price Jr. Wilber Price Jr.
State and local investigators search a home in Pender County, NC State and local investigators search a home in Pender County, NC
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Police say a Hopewell minister killed his mistress, drove hundreds of miles, and then turned the gun on himself at the Hopewell Police Station early Thursday morning. His wife is still alive, and says she knew about his double life - just not why he would kill himself.

North Carolina Police say that 70-year-old Wilber Price Jr. killed a woman Wednesday, setting her house on fire outside of Wilmington.

"He gave me a hug and a kiss I'll never forget. He didn't tell me, anything, about what's been going on down there," said his wife Sharon Kaye Neely Price.

Sharon knew her husband lived with another woman four hours away: the shooting victim, 73-year-old Myrle Knowles Carr. Price divided his time between his home in Hopewell, Virginia and Rocky Point, North Carolina.

Sharon: "When he left me to go down there, he wanted to spend more time with his son. That was his excuse for, moving down there. Then he ran into this lady he's know for years, so he told me."
 
Mike: "But you're still technically married?"
 
Sharon: "Yeah! We're married."
 
Mike: "But if people watch this and think, why were they still married if he was with this, other, woman?"
 
Sharon: "I trusted him! I trusted him."
 
After the murder, police say Price drove back home to Hopewell...fatally shooting himself in the Hopewell Police parking lot.

"I don't think with him being a preacher, like he was...and the way that he believed, I don't think he took his life," Sharon said.

Sharon says her husband preached at the Hopewell Healthcare Center in 2007 and 2008. Now she hopes he's with God, and hopes to learn what authorities say, drove him to take two lives.

Family members say they simply need more answers. But North Carolina authorities are not expected to get here and continue their investigation until Friday. 

Carr filed a police report Wednesday, claiming price stole $4,400 in saving bonds. North Carolina authorities say they are not looking for any other suspects in this murder/arson.

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