A bride-to-be was killed while trying to rescue her dog during last week’s shooting spree in North Carolina, the woman’s grieving fiancé revealed in an emotional TV interview Sunday.

A weeping Robert Steele told NBC’s “Sunday Today” that he spoke with his fiancee, Mary Marshall, shortly before she was slain along with four others in Raleigh.

“She says, ‘I need you to come home right now. Immediately. Scruff, our dog has slipped his collar, and I just heard gunshots,’” he recalled.

After Marshall ran off, Steele arrived and found detectives in their neighborhood.

“And they started asking about tattoos that Mary has,” he said before breaking into tears.

“We knew. We knew she was gone.”

Steele said he is now wearing the wedding ring that Marshall planned to give him when they recited their marriage vows in two weeks.

Mary Marshall
Mary Marshall was killed in the shooting that took place in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Robert Steele
Marshall was engaged to be married to Robert Steele.
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“The engraving is ‘You’re my favorite place,’ ” he said in an anguished voice.

“I loved when she would wrap me up in her arms and every time that we would cuddle that way, she would whisper in my ear before we went to sleep, ‘You’re my favorite place.’ “

Grieving dad Thomas Marshall struggled to contain his emotions as he described his heartbreak at not being able to walk his daughter down the aisle.

“I was really looking forward to it. I couldn’t wait for it,” he said.

Mary’s sister Meagan McCrickard sobbed as she envisioned the ceremony.

“Them walking down the aisle. The mother-daughter dance. And Rob,” she said, unable to finish her thoughts.

A 15-year-old boy — identified by a local TV news station as Austin Thomson, the brother of victim James Thompson, 16 — is suspected of killing Marshall and the others during a Thursday evening rampage that also wounded two, including a cop.

Raleigh Police officers walk door-to-door checking on residents
Raleigh Police officers walk door-to-door checking on residents following the shooting.
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Mary Marshall
Mary Marshall was among five killed in the shooting.
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Thomas Marshall
Father Thomas Marshall also spoke to NBC.
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The bloodshed began in a residential area northeast of the city’s downtown, after which the shooter ran to a nearby walking trail and continued the carnage.

The teen was tracked down and captured in a home hours later and is hospitalized in critical condition, although authorities haven’t said why.

Prosecutors plan to charge the suspect as an adult, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said.

With Post wires



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