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Woman and grandmother found shot to death in Asheboro home

Police found 68-year-old Fatima Alston, who lived there, dead from a gunshot wound. They also found her granddaughter, 33-year-old Tiona Sesmas, shot to death.

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Asheboro police said two women were found shot to death on Monday. 

Officers were called to a home on Hamlin Street in reference to a shooting. 

When they arrived, they found 68-year-old Fatima Alston, who lived there, dead from a gunshot wound. They also found the body of 33-year-old Tiona Sesmas.

Family and neighbors told WFMY News 2's Grace Holland Alston was Sesmas' grandmother. They said she was a very good person who took care of her loved ones.

A neighbor said a man who lived with Alston knocked on her door around 1:30 p.m. and asked her to call 911.


There was a lockdown at a nearby elementary school as a precaution, but police said there isn't considered to be a threat in the area. Police said preliminary information indicates there isn't a suspect at-large. 

This case is being investigated by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Should anyone have additional information they are asked to contact Detective Burnette at 336-626-1300. 

911 call reveals more: 

This was the first 911 call received. The caller is a neighbor who the grandfather - Alston's husband - ran to for help. The grandfather was in the background of the phone call. 

  • Caller – "A granddaughter shot her grandmother."
  • 911 – "Did she do it on purpose?"
  • Grandfather -- "Yes."
  • Caller -- "She done it on purpose."
  • Grandfather - "Then shot her [sic] self."
  • Caller – "She shot her grandmother, then she shot herself."
  • Grandfather – "She was gonna go kill me."
  • Caller – "He run."
  • Caller – "...Her husband’s at my house."
  • Caller – "He run out the door, so she wouldn’t shoot him."
  • Grandfather – "Please get ‘em here right quick. Lord, they done killed my wife."
  • Grandfather – "They gonna bleed to death."


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