UPDATE: Official causes of death released for men killed at North Topsail Beach
NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The official causes of death for the two men killed at North Topsail Beach have been released.
Medical examiners said both Christopher Stewart and Robert Shellhammer died from blood loss caused by stab wounds.
The examiners are calling the 31-year-olds’ death homicides, saying the men stabbed each other.
Police have not said much about the case but they are not looking for any suspects.
Police said Shellhammer and Stewart lived just a few miles from one another in Sneads Ferry. They died just yards apart July 25 on North Topsail Beach.
“Someone just came up to us on the beach, and she got stabbed and her husband got stabbed,” a woman caller told 911 that night.
Witnesses said a third victim, Bekka Shellhammer, was taken from the scene with knife wounds she apparently suffered trying to break up a fight between the men. Investigators, though, have not commented on her involvement.
“She came up saying her husband has been stabbed and that he’s dead,” the caller told 911. “We don’t know if maybe she has a knife and maybe she stabbed him, but we don’t know what’s going on. We’re literally talking to her through the door now.”
Neither Robert Shellhammer nor Stewart were strangers to life outside of the law. Court records show that Shellhammer was convicted in 2003 on felony charges of indecent liberties with a child and assault on a child. Stewart was convicted on drug charges in 2011, but people who knew him say he had cleaned up his act.
His stepfather described the shock his family received when they got the news.
“When you’re awakened at 5 o’clock in the morning and they’re asking you questions but not telling you anything, it just hurts,” Christopher White said.
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