23-year-old Candace Pickens, of Asheville, North Carolina was killed by her abusive boyfriend for refusing to get an abortion when she became pregnant with his child.

24-year-old Nathaniel Elijah Dixon put a single bullet in the face of his supposed lover when she refused to abort the life of the child she was expecting.

Dixon has a violent history that includes allegations of domestic battery against another woman he shared a child with, and attempted robbery. Police also believe he has ties to gang in Los Angeles.


Candace’s body was found on May 12th by a jogger in an Asheville park. She’d been shot in the face at point-blank range. Her tiny three-year-old son Zachaeus was nearby, severely injured with a similar wound, but alive. He’d just turned three the day before.

While Ms. Pickens was pronounced dead at the scene, young Zachaeus was taken to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and is in stable but critical condition.


Dixon is now awaiting extradition back to North Carolina where he’s been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.