Police release victims' names in last week's murder-suicide in Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County's Medical Examiner’s Office ruled a murder-suicide in the death of Elisa Meryl Slutzky, 47, and Kenneth Dale Henson, 55, in Huntersville.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Huntersville Police Department was called to the 12300 block of Cross Meadow Road.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a male and female inside the residence with gunshot wounds. Both individuals were pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner’s office said the death for Slutzky was by murder, and the cause for death for Henson was suicide.

Channel 9 watched as investigators walked in and out of the house collecting evidence and interviewing neighbors. Officials said they also obtained a warrant to search the home.

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Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene, where there was a heavy police presence, and saw more than one home roped off with crime scene tape.

Channel 9 spoke with several neighbors who watched as police conducted their investigation.

One woman said she and her mother heard banging coming from that particular home hours before the two people were found dead. They now wonder if what they heard is somehow linked to the investigation.

“I was sleeping,” said the neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as Amber. “I heard a loud bang, bang, bang, bang. It woke me up.”

Other neighbors echoed Amber’s claim that Crosswinds an otherwise quiet neighborhood.

“Everybody is in shock,” said Tricia Gray. “They can’t believe it. It’s such a quiet area.”

Investigators said they are not looking for a suspect and there’s no danger to the community.

It is Huntersville's first homicide since 2014.

A neighbor who spoke off-camera said he was friends with a woman who lived at the home.

He was emotional as he described her as a private person who had a big heart.

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