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NC man charged in murder of Columbia woman

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have charged the estranged boyfriend of a Gaston County social worker with murder after the woman was shot and killed in her apartment in South Carolina.

The Gaston Gazette reported that 58-year-old John Washington is charged in the death of 51-year-old Zelda D. Kollock.

Co-workers said Kollock lived in a Gastonia apartment during the week, and would return to her home in Columbia on the weekends. She had worked with Gaston County since September 2012 as a supervisor in adult protective services.

Officers arrested Washington Sept. 14 after they say he got into a car accident on Interstate 77 and was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital, and is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia without bond.

Kollock worked directly under Adult Services Administrator Brenda Yeatman, who said Kollock had just celebrated her 51st birthday and had treated herself with a trip to Jamaica.

“She found a way to connect with each of the workers in adult and aging services,” Yeatman said. “She fit in almost immediately. She was always a very professional and upbeat person and we’ll miss her tremendously.”

Yeatman said a memory walk would be held in honor of Kollock next month, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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