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Richard Suttles Became The Fifth Victim Of The Pleasant Garden Shooting

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Greensboro, NC -- Richard "Ricky" Suttles, the only surviving child of the shootings that occurred in Pleasant Garden on Sunday, was pronounced dead on Friday at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes reported that Ricky died at approximately 12:50 pm on Friday.

Members of the family confirmed to News 2 that Ricky, 17, was pronounced brain dead by doctors on Thursday at the hospital.

The family is now preparing for his funeral, as well as the funeral of the four other children who were killed during the shootings.

Mary Ann Holder is accused in the shootings that occurred Sunday that lead to the death of her two sons, Zack, 14 and Robert 'Dylan' Smith, 17, her 8-year-old niece Hannaleigh Suttles, and Ricky's girlfriend, 15-year-old Makayla Woods.

The sixth victim, Randal Lamb, was shot in the arm. Sheriff B.J. Barnes said that Lamb and Holder had an affair at one time.

Holder shot and killed herself after shooting the six others on Sunday.

"It's been a week from hell, not only for the family, but for the community," said Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes.

A court document indicates that Holder filed for legal custody of Hannaleigh and Ricky Suttles the week before the shooting.

Holder had been taking care of Hannaleigh and Ricky since their mother died in March. The document also said Holder requested that their father be ordered to pay child support. A court hearing had been scheduled for next Tuesday.

Hannaleigh, a 3rd grader at Pleasant Garden Elementary, died Monday.  

Zachary "Zack" Smith, 14, died Tuesday after being taken off life support. He was a freshman at Southeast Guilford High School.

Zack's brother, Robert "Dylan" Smith died Sunday from a gunshot wound to the head.

During a search of Randal Lamb's home, investigators took possession of a check from Mary Ann Holder issued to Jennifer Lamb in the amount of $10,000. Lamb told detectives that Holder had given him the check on Saturday in a Walmart parking lot.

Major Tom Sheppard with the Guilford County Sheriff's Department said the check was a "settlement" to Jennifer's threat to file an alienation of affection lawsuit against Holder.

Additional court documents show that Holder had filed restraining orders against Randal and Jennifer Lamb. The order said the Lamb's stalked and harassed her and that Lamb constantly drove past her home. Jennifer Lamb filed a restraining order against Holder, saying she would constantly call and text their cell phones and that Holder also sent nude pictures of herself to them.

Sheppard said that the Lambs are not suspects in the shootings. He did say they believe the Lambs have information that can help them determine a motive.

"I don't think we'll ever know what was going through that lady's mind when she did this," said Sheppard.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of Zach, Dylan, Hannaleigh, Richard, Mary Ann and Makayla


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