Straight-A student and her slain mom mourned as deputies blame blood-covered ex

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Cassandra Negrete


AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – The victims in an Aiken County double homicide were a straight-A college student and her mother, who were found stabbed to death at their rural Aiken home.

That’s where deputies also discovered the student’s blood-covered ex-boyfriend, who’d called to report the deaths Thursday and ended up being charged as a suspect.

Cassandra Negrete, 23, is being mourned at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she made the president’s list in spring with a 4.0 grade-point average. In January, the psychology major earned a $1,000 grant through the university for research under faculty mentor Adam Pazda on “Implicit Associations between Color and Extraversion.”

Cassandra was an accomplished Psychology major, having been named to the President’s list for Spring 2020. Her faculty considered her to be a promising and dedicated student.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cassandra’s family and friends, and classmates during this difficult time.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were sent around 11:24 a.m. Thursday to the house after a 911 caller told dispatchers he was on the scene of a suspicious death.

A deputy arrived and was told by dispatchers that the caller was still on the line, according to an incident report from the sheriff’s agency that’s revealing new details about the case.

Deputies detained Diaz and searched the residence, where they found one unresponsive woman in the back bedroom on a bed, according to the report. She was identified as Veronica Negrete, 43, Cassandra’s mom.

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