Mother loses sons, 22 and 9, to murder: 'I don't know how I'm going to deal with it'

Annette Bullard lost two of her sons, 22-year-old Ardell "Lyn" Bullard and 9-year-old Dakota Owens to murder on Monday. (Tonya Brown/WPDE)

"Things ain't gone never be the same."

Annette Bullard could hardly compose herself when talking about the deaths of her sons, 22-year-old Ardell "Lyn" Bullard and 9-year-old Dakota Owens.

Deputies say the brothers left her home just after midnight Monday, to go hunting.

They never came back.

Deputies found Bullard's body off McGirt Gin Road in Maxton.

"I didn't believe it at first when I was told. I told them no, it was a joke and to move on," she said.

Hours later, officers found the 9-year-old's body inside a burned pickup off Modest Road, not far from where Bullard was found.

Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey says they must wait for autopsy results before they can confirm and release the child's name.

But for Bullard - the pain is already real enough.

"When you saw Lyn, you saw Dakota. It was like, they was as one. The best two that I had left me. And I don't know how i'm going to deal with it."

Walter Locklear is charged with two counts of first degree murder, robbery and burning of personal property.

He's being held in jail without bond.

Deputies have not said how Locklear knew the victims - or why they were killed.

The victims families have set up a Facebook page to help with the burial expenses.

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