SC teacher and two children died following welfare check

The Carolina Forest Community Church is located on Carolina Forest Boulevard.

The Carolina Forest Community Church is located on Carolina Forest Boulevard.

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Laura, Eric and Emily Moberley, who were found dead of gunshot wounds last Wednesday at their Carolina Forest home, will all be remembered this Thursday at Carolina Forest Community Church.

The visit and the service are open to the public. Visitation will be from 2-3:30 p.m. and the traditional service, or funeral, will be from 4-5 p.m. The church is located at 1381 Carolina Forest Boulevard.

Emily Moberley, 8, attended Carolina Forest Elementary School. According to her obituary, “Emily loved gymnastics and was on the Bronze competitive team. She loved wearing dresses and the colors pink and purple. She loved taking care of the family’s pets and was always concerned about everyone’s health and well-being. She loved drawing and crafts. She loved school and was part of the gifted and talented student program. She was always energetic and friendly with others.

Eric Moberley, 11, attended Ten Oaks High School. According to his obituary, “Eric loved working on his RC cars and racing them with his dad. He loved football. He loved his pet cat, Callie, and two leopard geckos, Spotty and Goldie. Eric loved cooking for the family. loved math and science at school. Eric was very creative and loved creating new things with paper. He was always sweet and kind to everyone. His constant smile will be sorely missed.

Laura Moberley, 42, was hired by Horry County Schools in 2018 as a reading loss interventionist at Carolina Forest Elementary School. According to her obituary, “She loved animals and had many pets. She enjoyed spending time with her horse, Elliot Mango and her Chinese water dragon, Kiwi. She loved going on adventures with her children. She enjoyed spending time in Murrell’s Inlet, watching the goats on Goat Island, and being around the water. She also liked to do embroidery.

The three are survived by William Moberley, their father and husband.

Director of Strategic Communications and Community Engagement for Horry County Schools, Lisa Bourcier, said students and teachers struggling in light of the Moberley deaths can take advantage of the resources provided in schools.

“Our students and staff are doing as well as expected after the tragic loss of a teacher and her two children. Our district has a team of counselors made up of trained professionals to meet the needs of students, parents and school staff during difficult times like this,” Bourcier said. “Our counselors are available at affected schools for any student or staff who may need or want assistance around this tragedy. A few students and staff have taken advantage of these resources over the past few days, but our school counselors are always willing and able to assist students and staff as needed.”

Mikayla Moscov, public information officer for the county, said today there was no update on the case but it was still under investigation.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman released the following statement to the public on Friday: “Our hearts go out to the community of Horry County, who lost an elementary school teacher and her two children this week. We mourn with school and district staff and hope the community will come together in this time of unthinkable loss and tragedy.

According to their obituaries, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Moberley Family Fund C/O Carolina Forest Elementary School, 285 Carolina Forest Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579, OR The Moberley Family Care Fund C/O Jennifer Lee of the Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union. There is also GoFundMedepending on the school system.

This story was originally published September 7, 2022 1:00 a.m.

Bryn covers breaking news from Horry County, South Carolina for The Sun News. She graduated from Winthrop University in May 2022 where she is studying English and Journalism. She has signings with The Johnsonian and The Sumter Item. Bryn loves investigative journalism and local news.

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