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GASTON COUNTY, NC – When 24-year-old Tracy Hedgepath did not show up for work on Friday, her co-workers contacted her parents who went out to their daughters home to check on her. Once there they found all of the cars in the driveway of the home Hedgepeth shared with her three young children and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Austen Minter. They began repeatedly knocking on the door until finally, 7-year-old Destiny answered. She had been shot in the head. The grandparents immediately called 911 in which you can clearly hear the little girl say that “Daddy did it.” Police say that Minter shot Hedgepath, who was 3-months pregnant, during an argument. He then shot 7-year-old Destiny, 6-year-old Austen II, and 3-year-old Serenity before turning the gun on himself. Police think the girl had been lying with her dead family for a few hours before her grandparents showed up. The couple have a history of domestic violence issues, Minter being described as a monster by Hedgepeth’s family telling the media that he was also violent with his own family members. Read on for a partial transcript of the grandparent’s 911 call.

911 call provided by wbtv.com

911: Gaston County 911…
Caller: (sound of girl crying) Hey… ma’am… my daughter and them’s dead. I need you here right away.
911: I need an address, sir.
Caller: Ma’am, I’m at 1303… I don’t know… my daughter and them’s dead, there’s a bunch of them dead in here.
911: Sir… sir… I don’t know where to send them to.  You need to find a piece of mail or something…
Caller: She’s dead… and my grand babies are dead…
911: Sir… find a piece of mail or something with an address on it.  I don’t know where to send them.
Caller: (caller appears to ask someone the address) Hey… what’s this address?  Our daughters are dead… 1303 Dean Drive?  (now back to the 911 operator)  1303 Dead Drive.
911:  1303 Dead Drive?
Caller: Yes.
911: Are you in Dallas?
Caller: Hey… excuse me… hey…
911: Sir, are you off of College Boulevard?
Caller: Unit 12… got a bunch of dead up in here… I’m calling from my cell phone, ma’am.  My daughter and her kids…
911: Sir, how many are in there?
Caller: My daughter, her husband, my grandson…
911: Ok…
Caller:  They’re all dead…
911: Ok sir… hold on there for me… What do you mean when  you say they’re dead?  Are there any weapons or anything?
Caller: Ma’am, We just got here…
911: Sir, don’t touch anything…
Caller: I’m not,ma’am.  You got to hurry.
911: How many people are in there?
Caller: Three… my daughter, grandson…
Child: Daddy did it…
Caller: (repeating what the child said)…and their daddy did it, please!!
911: Sir, they’re coming… What’s your name?
Caller: My name is Wayne Hedepath.  Ma’am, I’m going in to check.
911: Can you go in and check to see if there’s any pulse?
Caller: Ma’am, I’m going in… please hurry.
911: They are… somebody else is doing it Wayne…  Just check on them…
Caller: Please…
911: Sire… somebody’s doing it for me…
Caller: Please ma’am… they’re dead…
911: Somebody is getting them on the way (paramedics). ‘Cmon now.
911: Sir, somebody is getting them on the way while I talk to you.  Check for pulses for me.
Caller: They’re all dead, I did, ma’am.  My grand baby’s dead…  My grand babies are dead… All of ‘em… They’re all dead!
911: Sir, quit hollering please… I understand.
Caller: Just come on…
911: Sir…
Caller: Please…
911: Sir… did you check for a pulse?
Caller: They’re all dead and cold…
911: Please c’mon on.  ‘Cmon ma’am.  They’re dead! I’m getting off of here.

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WBTV has admitted they have left out a portion of the call although the full audio can be obtained by the public. I am guessing that their may be some racially charged language in the call that has no real bearing on the crime itself so they wisely decided to leave it out of the story. Destiny is currently in the hospital listed in serious condition.

The Gaston Gazette posted an article detailing some of Minter’s troubled past:

April 23, 2007 — Domestic criminal trespassing and discharging a firearm into an occupied property. He posted the $25,000 bond.

March 22, 2008 — Violation of a domestic violence protection order and driving charges (invalid plates and driving without a license). Posted $1,000 unsecured and $500 secured bonds.

May 28, 2008 — Violation of a domestic violence protection order and failure to comply. Posted $25,200 bond and $200 for the failure to comply.

Dec. 4, 2008 — Resisting a public officer and assaulting a female. Posted $5,000 bond.

Feb. 11, 2009 — Assault with a deadly weapon, intent to kill, assault by pointing a gun, discharging a firearm within city limits. Original $50,000 bond was reduced to $15,000 on Feb. 18, then posted.

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