A woman has been fatally shot this week in a Cherokee casino murder that has shocked patrons and management of the North Carolina venue alike, seemingly having been killed in order for a thief to get to her winnings. This is something that, according to general manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Brad Walker, very rarely happens in North Carolina, and the community have been struggling to understand this ruthless act of violence.
Barbara Preidt, thought to be around seventy six years old, and her husband were entering Fairfield on Sunday night, after spending some time gambling in the Harrah’s Cherokee casino right across the street. A person in a black mask and dark clothing then grabbed Barbara’s purse and shot her, and by the time police arrived she was dead. Witnesses claim that he escaped in a full size truck, which may have been blue or grey in colour, and police are now offering a $5000 reward for any information that might result in an arrest or conviction.
The hotel manager claims that older couples stay at the hotel all the time, and they have never had any problems like this before. “It’s never happened, ever,” said Walker. “I’ve been here 11 years. We haven’t even had a robbery or anything.”
“Senseless violence is unacceptable in any community, and I am committed to supporting the Cherokee Indian Police Department in locating the suspects in this crime and bringing them to justice,” said Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. “I also want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of the victim. Our Nation will continue to remember the family in prayer during this time.”
The more that you look at it, the more stories like this make it seems as though online casinos are the only real way to gamble in safety these days. It seems as though every other day there is a new robbery outside a casino, a new alcohol or drug related death inside one, or a new lawsuit over the treatment of staff or customers.