A North Carolina dad walked into the Union County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning, Aug. 18, and confessed to killing his 15-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Joshua Lee Burgess, 32, walked up to dispatchers around 9:30 a.m. and told them he was there to turn himself in because he had just killed his daughter, Zaria Burgess, who had been visiting his Wesley Chapel home over the weekend.

Zaria Burgess, 15. (Facebook)

Officials said in court on Monday, Aug. 19, that Burgess strangled Zaria before slitting her throat but did not elaborate on what led up to the horrific crime, WSOC TV reported.

Family members are trying to understand what would cause Zaria’s father to take her life.

“She was so young and nobody deserves to leave this world like that, especially by someone they thought was gonna protect them and be there for them,” said Zaria’s cousin, Dytaysha Wadsworth, according to WSOC TV.

Burgess is being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

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