Wife of Marine in Texas slayings found dead in NC

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say a Marine killed after going on a shooting spree in Texas also is suspected of killing his wife in North Carolina.

Jacksonville, N.C., police say 21-year-old Rubi Estefania Smith of Bakersfield, Calif., was found dead Sunday afternoon in a motel room near Camp Lejeune. She’s the wife of Esteban J. Smith, a 23-year-old Marine who died Sunday in a gunfight with Texas authorities.

Police spokeswoman Beth Purcell says Rubi Estefania Smith appears to have died from a knife wound.

Esteban Smith is suspected in a West Texas shooting rampage that left one woman dead and five others wounded. An assault rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were recovered from Smith’s vehicle.

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