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At 12:31 that morning, a wireless phone call was placed to the Mecklenburg County 911 dispatch center. The recording is 12 minutes and six seconds long. It is the sound of a woman dying.
DISPATCHER: 911 Baker. Do you need police, fire or medic?
CHERICA ADAMS: Police. I've been shot. I've been shot.
Between deep breaths and moaning, and honking her horn to seek help from local residents, Cherica described her vehicle, her wounds and her precise location. She also said the words that would send Rae Carruth to prison.
MEDIC: O.K. How did this happen?
CHERICA: I was following my baby's daddy, Rae Carruth, the football player.
(A few questions later)
CHERICA: He was in the car in front of me and he slowed down and somebody pulled up beside me and did this.
MEDIC: And then where'd [Carruth] go?
CHERICA: He just left.