Melanie Rae McCarter

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Melanie Rae McCarter

Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA
Death 25 May 2006 (aged 6)
Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 15453706 · View Source
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Melanie Rae McCarter, 6, was fatally shot by her father, Scott McCarter, 40, on May 25, 2006. Her father also killed her mother, Wendy Carol Bennett McCarter, 35, and her brother, Scotty D., 12, before turning the gun on himself.
At the time of the murders, McCarter was on trial on charges of molesting his teenaged stepdaughter (Wendy's daughter) and the girl's best friend. The bodies of the family were found the morning McCarter was supposed to take the stand in his own defense. Wendy's family found out about the murders as they waited in the courtroom for his trial to resume. Melanie was known as the blond moppet of the neighborhood, always following her mother around. She loved Sponge Bob Squarepants. Her favorite song, "Who Let the Dogs Out?" was played at her funeral.
Her school, Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Millville, NJ, dedicated a tree, with a plaque underneath, to both Melanie and her brother Scotty, who also had attended Mount Pleasant.


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  • Added: 21 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15453706
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Melanie Rae McCarter (1 Dec 1999–25 May 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15453706, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Eileen (contributor 46775958) .