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Shooting victim's life was her kids

September 08, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

RANSON, W.Va. - Lori Lynn Curry worked as a nurse's aide, but her true profession and hobby was mother to her three children, according to family members.

Curry, 24, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., died Sunday after she was shot, according to the Ranson Police Department.

Her ex-boyfriend, Rickey Lee Carey, 39, of 100 E. 11th Ave., Ranson, was charged with first-degree murder.

"Her first priority were her children," said Curry's mother, Patricia Turner. "She was a very loving person, a very caring person. She was very trusting."

Too trusting, in fact, Turner said.

When her ex-boyfriend bought a gun recently, Curry never believed she was in danger, Turner said.

"She said to me, 'Rickey would never hurt me,'" Turner said.

Curry's death leaves behind three young children, ages 3, 5 and 7.

"She loved her kids more than she ever loved me or the guy who did it," said Curry's husband, Kevin E. Curry.

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Curry, 30, said he struggled on Monday to explain to the children what happened to their mother. He said he told them she has gone to heaven.

He said he has tried to comfort the older two children, but the 3-year-old has not been able to understand what happened.

Curry said he met his wife at a friend's house in 1986. The two were friends at first, but then began dating about eight years ago, he said.

The coupled married in 1995, but Curry said they began having problems and separated earlier this year.

During that time, Lori Curry, a Jefferson High School graduate, met Carey at the Charles Town Wal-Mart, where both worked briefly, according to Turner.

Turner said Carey moved into her daughter's home. But after a few weeks, she decided it was best for her children to try to save her marriage, Turner said.

"But he wouldn't leave her alone," she said.

Kevin Curry said he and his wife had a court date scheduled for the end of the month to start divorce proceedings. He said they planned to use the rest of the month to decide if they could work out their problems.

"We just wanted the kids to have a happy time," said Curry, who will now raise the children with help from his mother and mother-in-law.

Curry said his wife told him that she wanted to take things slowly. So he lived with his mother while she lived alone in Shenandoah Junction.

Curry said the two went out Saturday night and he dropped her off at her home before driving to his mother's house. It was the last time he saw her.

The next day, according to Turner, Lori Curry went to work, caring for a patient in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. After work, she went to the Ranson home where Carey was living.

Kevin Curry said his wife went to the home because Carey told her she needed to get her dog, which was in the yard near a shed.

Lori Curry was found dead inside the storage building.

Kevin Curry said he had a verbal confrontation with Carey about a week ago. But since then, he said he had not heard from him.

"I pretty much thought he was gone," he said.

Carey's brother, Terry Carey, said he was distraught by the situation.

"I hope to God he can get out of this mess. He's my brother, and I do love my brother," said Carey, who lived with Rickey Carey at 100 E. 11th Ave.

Lori Curry worked at the Wal-Mart for about 40 days and left four or five months ago, said Clint Miller, the store's manager. Carey also worked at the store, but left about a month ago, he said.

Neither was working at the store when the shooting occurred, Miller said.

"It was sad that it happened. I know Lori had three little ones," he said. "Any time something like this happens, it's a shock. I feel for them."

After leaving Wal-Mart, Curry got a job working for Jefferson Home Health. Her husband said Curry developed an interest in elder care after caring for her grandmother.

"Her patients loved her dearly," Turner said. "She loved it. She became very attached to her patients and they became very attached to her."

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