In a heart-wrenching incident that has left a community in shock, a young woman from Hillsborough stands accused of the unthinkable. Jaydah Westmoreland, a 19-year-old, has been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping after the fatal shooting of her own mother and the abduction of her 2-year-old sibling.
This horrifying incident took place at the Bellevue Mill Apartments on South Nash Street, sending shockwaves through the quiet neighborhood.
On a somber Tuesday, Hillsborough police announced the severe charges against Jaydah Westmoreland. She now faces allegations of murdering her mother, Delila Nicole Westmoreland, and subsequently kidnapping her younger sibling.
The incident has left the community grappling with sorrow and disbelief. Jaydah Westmoreland is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail, her fate pending a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
The tragic events unfolded on a Monday evening around 7:45 p.m. The lifeless body of Delila Nicole Westmoreland, aged 41, was discovered in the Bellevue Mill Apartments. The scene revealed that she had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, indicating a violent end to her life. The investigation into her murder took a chilling turn when it was revealed that her 2-year-old child was missing from the apartment.
The impact of this devastating incident extended beyond the immediate family. Bullets fired during the crime penetrated a neighboring apartment, causing further distress in the community. While the occupants of the neighboring unit, fortunately, escaped physical harm, the emotional scars of this tragedy are bound to be long-lasting.
In the wake of the crime, law enforcement agencies collaborated to bring Jaydah Westmoreland to justice. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the Hillsborough police in the pursuit of justice.
Fortunately, their combined efforts led to the successful apprehension of Jaydah Westmoreland in a house located in Durham. More importantly, her kidnapped sibling was recovered unharmed and reunited with family members.