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A murder-suicide in Whispering Pines, North Carolina has left a quiet community heartbroken and confused.
Police in the small town just north of Pinehurst – a historic golf community surrounded by pine trees and built on sand – have found husband and wife Amber Jensen, 47, and David Jensen, 47, both dead from gunshot wounds. ball on September 6.
David Jensen, an army veteran, did not show up for work that day. Authorities were called to their residence after a neighbor found them dead inside their home.
“Both victims were deceased when our officers arrived and both victims sustained gunshot wounds,” Whispering Pines Police Department Chief Jason Graham said in a news release at the time. “The investigation has determined that this incident was a murder-suicide.”
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Police also determined there was “no continuing threat to the community” after locating the deceased couple.
“Please keep this family and our community in your prayers as this was a tragic situation for everyone,” Graham said.
Members of the Whispering Pines community expressed shock at learning of the couple’s death on social media.
Amber Jensen ran an interior design company called “Fine Design”, specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels.
The “about” section of her website says the 47-year-old mother of two “works with homeowners, builders, architects and interior designers to collaborate on beautiful spaces.”
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“I like a bright and airy design with a touch of warmth. How about you?” Amber Jensen wrote in a July 18 Facebook post.
Her husband was awarded the highest civilian honor for bravery in April 2014. David Jensen was an Army contractor with Wexford Group Inc. who served with the United States Army Asymmetric Warfare Group until 2013.
He was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Bravery, which “recognizes government employees and private citizens who perform an act of heroism while risking their personal safety in the face of danger”, for his service in Afghanistan. in 2012, according to the US Army website.
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While deployed to Afghanistan as an operational adviser, he and his company were preparing to take off from an airfield for a partnered air assault operation when one of the two planes they were to travel in was hit. by a rocket and went up in flames.
Jensen immediately began evacuating American and Afghan service members, returning to the burning plane several times to rescue more people before it was entirely engulfed in flames, according to the military.
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He then provided medical assistance to those injured in the attack.
“To be honored at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes is remarkable,” Jensen said as he received the award. “I never would have imagined this in my entire life. So it’s a huge honor, and I’m very lucky to be here to be a part of it, and very lucky to be part of the asymmetric warfare group.”