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Van Buren police say pregnant woman, toddler shot to death


Three people died following a shooting in Van Buren on Sunday, according to the Van Buren Police Department.A 23-year-old pregnant woman, her husband, and a 2-year-old were killed. Police are investigating the scene as a murder-suicide.The deceased were identified as Paiden Nicole Priest, 23, Grayson Alexander Beckham, 2, and David Wayne Priest, 24.”This is one of the worst cases that we’ve had to ever deal with,” Van Buren police Sgt. Jonathan Wear said. “But we do believe that this was done by David Priest.”Police said Paiden was in the third trimester of her pregnancy and that David was Grayson’s stepfather.The shooting happened on the 2000 block of Williams Street. A neighbor called 911 at 12:41 a.m. and reported that bullets were shot through the wall of their duplex and that one bullet hit his headboard, right above where he and his wife were sleeping.When officers arrived, they found David, Paiden and Grayson inside their home, all with gunshot wounds. According to police, David was the only person still alive. He was transported to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.Neighbors told 40/29 News they heard what sounded like the couple fighting before they heard gunshots.”A couple weeks back they were all playing outside,” Sarah Beals said. “They’re always nice, they’re sweet. The wife’s beautiful and she was so pretty and the child was so sweet, so kind. No innocent life should be taken and a child not even born yet and a toddler, no life should be taken.””We do know there was some arguing heard by the neighbor prior to the gunshots being heard, so we do know there was some type of argument,” added Wear.

Three people died following a shooting in Van Buren on Sunday, according to the Van Buren Police Department.

A 23-year-old pregnant woman, her husband, and a 2-year-old were killed. Police are investigating the scene as a murder-suicide.

The deceased were identified as Paiden Nicole Priest, 23, Grayson Alexander Beckham, 2, and David Wayne Priest, 24.

“This is one of the worst cases that we’ve had to ever deal with,” Van Buren police Sgt. Jonathan Wear said. “But we do believe that this was done by David Priest.”

Police said Paiden was in the third trimester of her pregnancy and that David was Grayson’s stepfather.

The shooting happened on the 2000 block of Williams Street. A neighbor called 911 at 12:41 a.m. and reported that bullets were shot through the wall of their duplex and that one bullet hit his headboard, right above where he and his wife were sleeping.

When officers arrived, they found David, Paiden and Grayson inside their home, all with gunshot wounds. According to police, David was the only person still alive. He was transported to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.

Neighbors told 40/29 News they heard what sounded like the couple fighting before they heard gunshots.

“A couple weeks back they were all playing outside,” Sarah Beals said. “They’re always nice, they’re sweet. The wife’s beautiful and she was so pretty and the child was so sweet, so kind. No innocent life should be taken and a child not even born yet and a toddler, no life should be taken.”

“We do know there was some arguing heard by the neighbor prior to the gunshots being heard, so we do know there was some type of argument,” added Wear.

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