It was unclear Friday if Shaw had an attorney, or appeared before a judge to enter a plea to the charge against him.
The Sandhills Sentinel spoke to several of Ashburn's friends.
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"She was like one of my own children," said Cari Williams. "She was part of the family. She was amazing, giving, and a loving person. I'm shocked someone could do this. She was the best person and a great mom."
Her friend Micah Pridgen said: "I'm devastated and shocked, she was like a little sister to me. I feel the most for her son, who now has to grow up without a mother. She was the friendliest person you would ever meet."
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