Navy sailor killed in Virginia double murder-suicide was from South Deerfield

Franklin County

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WWLP) – A woman from western Massachusetts has been identified as one of three active duty military members found dead in a double murder-suicide in Virginia on May 4. 

In an obituary by the Greenfield Recorder, 23-year-old Meaghan Elizabeth Burns is described as “a free spirit, a fierce and loyal friend and loving daughter and sister.”  

Burns was born in Springfield on August 25, 1995, and moved with her family to South Deerfield in 2004. She attended Deerfield Elementary and was a graduate of Frontier Regional High School. 

Burns was serving as a corpsman at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia, when she and 19-year-old Shianne Soles of Verdale, Washington, were killed.

Police were called to a 7-Eleven on Effingham Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, for a shooting involving the two women. Burns and Soles were both found with gunshot wounds to the torso. Police also found a man dead inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby Dollar General store. 

The man, identified as 22-year-old Donovan Moora, had a self-inflicted injury to his upper body. Moora is said to have been stationed at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. Police believe he killed both Burns and Soles before taking his own life. 

Burns is survived by her parents, Carolyn and Mathew. She also leaves behind a younger sister who lives in South Deerfield. 

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