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Mother, child found dead in Cherokee County

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WRCB) -- A Cherokee County woman and her 10-year-old son are found shot death inside their home, according to investigators.

Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin says the bodies of Alyda Hill, 45, and her 10-year-old son were found by Hill's parents in a bedroom of their home on Marianne Drive just after 8 p.m. Thursday. Hill's parents live next door.

Officers are not calling this a homicide investigation yet and say there is no evidence of a forced entry at the home but there are a lot of unanswered questions.

"We're not looking for outside suspects at this time. We're trying to determine what happened at the house in this tragic event," says Lovin.

The sheriff says the young boy was a student at Martin Creek Elementary School. Officers were at the school Thursday morning to help with counseling for students and teachers.

"It's coming up on the weekend to have the counselors work with those kids and these families because there will be a lot of questions I'm sure. We want to try and deal with all the affected people we can," Lovin says.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the sheriff's office. "We're not totally sure about the circumstances of what has occurred," says Lovin.

Authorities are waiting for the medical examiner's autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death.

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