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'Laura is not in a creek somewhere. Laura is in heaven.'

By Alex Freedman

KINSTON, N.C. - It's a quiet neighborhood in Kinston where Grant and Amanda Hayes were arrested Monday morning in a home on Holman Street.  The area is quiet but, neighbors say during the arrest, the commotion was so loud it woke them up.

"I just heard a car door slam and that was it," said Harry Williams who lives across the street.

He and the other neighbors we talked with say the street was filled with cops early Monday morning.

The two were staying with grants mother, Patsy.

"But they good, good people man.  I’ll pray for them too, you know, him and their family," said Williams.

Prayer seems to be the common factor between Holman Street neighbors and the friends of Laura Ackerson.

Jo Jackson taught Laura at Lenoir Community College and the two went to church together.  She organized a prayer vigil every night Laura was missing.

"I'm devastated.  My heart is broken and I'm shocked, but I’m also rejoicing in that Laura had her salvation through Jesus Christ." said Jackson.

Jackson says Laura had turned her life around, was active in church and had just started a promising new daycare business.

Laura's ultimate goal: to become a teacher and maybe teach her own boys when they started school.

"Although they are very young, they still know that mommy's not there and it does impact them, tremendously," said Jackson, "Laura is not in a creek somewhere, Laura is in heaven and I believe that."

Jackson says she'll continue to pray for her friend Laura, including Laura's two children, whose futures have yet to be determined.

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