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911 call: Murder suspect went to church after killing

Posted January 21, 2013
Updated January 22, 2013

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— A Raleigh man charged with first-degree murder in a weekend death went to a nearby church Sunday morning, saying he assaulted his girlfriend and that he thought she might be dead, according to a 911 call released Monday evening.

Wedjunald Gemeille, 21, of 201-20 Loft Lane, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Angel D. Irby, 29, who lived at the same address.

Investigators have not released any details about their investigation into Irby's death, including a motive or how she died.

Police, however, did release a 911 recording made at 10:15 a.m. Sunday in which the caller, a retired police detective, asks the dispatcher if anyone reported an assault at Gemeille's address overnight.

"I have a young man with me," the caller said. "He came into our church, and he indicated that he assaulted his girlfriend at his apartment and that she could possibly be 103."

The number, 103, is a police code that indicates someone has been killed.

"We're trying just to confirm that, if you could get a unit to go by that address," the caller said.

Gemeille, police said, was detained without incident at the church, The Fountain of Raleigh at 9621 Six Forks Road.

Wedjunald Gemeille Raleigh murder suspect had other run-ins with police

He was being held in the Wake County jail without bond Monday evening and was scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

According to court records, Gemeille is also awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and assault inflicting serious injury stemming from a November 2012 incident. Details surrounding that case, however, are unclear.

He was also arrested in July 2010 and charged with murder in connection with the death of Pier Munoz-Chinos, 31, of Raleigh.

Gemeille's former defense attorney, Mary Jude Darrow, however, said prosecutors dismissed the murder charge after evidence showed Gemeille was not involved but rather tried to stop a fight that led to Munoz-Chino's death. The arrest was subsequently expunged from his record, she said.

Irby had recently moved to Raleigh from Chicago, according to friend Alicia Williams, and was studying business administration with the hopes of one day opening up her own day care.

"She was a beautiful person inside and out," Williams said. "She had a sweet demeanor about her, a nurturing demeanor, and she always cared about helping other people."

Williams said Irby had come to her home in recent months claiming that Gemeille had hit her but that Irby urged Williams not to call police.

"It's a shock that this happened," Williams said.

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  • h3ardita11b4 Jan 23, 2013

    "Deported? I didn't read anything in the story regarding his nationality. Did I miss that or are you making assumptions?" All The Same

    Not only do I not make assumptions but I DO check out other news sources....

  • ttipbc Jan 22, 2013

    Wedjunald? Did his parents have speech impediments & were trying to name him Reginald? Too many times, criminals have weird names the parents have dreamed up. Makes you wonder if all the teasing they must put up with as a child makes them hostile.

  • ripangelirby Jan 22, 2013

    To the family and friends of Angel, you guys are in my prayers.
    Please understand that we are all shocked and upset that we will never be able to speak to our friend or hear her voice again. This is a tragedy for everyone. We are all shocked this animal was still on the streets from the first incident. Please take care to your comment and read up on domestic violence. Williams probably did all that she could within the boundaries of their friendship (Disabled Veteran). Now is not the time to be blaming anyone. We all should be send condolences to her family and friends through this post. She came to Raleigh NC for a better life. From the previous comments from this report and even others like the MLK report I am starting to regret moving here myself. Show some respect.

  • Grand Union Jan 22, 2013

    "And "everything's all bad" because the church doesn't have enough influence any more?"

    thats just church advertising. Europe has more or less given up on Religion entirely and has no more crime than here and a lot less murder.

  • Grand Union Jan 22, 2013

    "Fine, send some of them overseas and let our soldiers come home"

    great ambassadors they would make....and they would learn how to kill more efficiently...yeah thats a real good idea.

  • Grand Union Jan 22, 2013

    "If they stuck with the death sentences some have been given there would be more room for the rest! (and I am talking about the ones that are gulity with out any doubt... just like this guy! Death sentence and do it right away!! dont make us support someone who is gulity and has admitted to it!)"

    people often admit to doing things they didn't do.....and since the Constitution applies to everyone, even criminals, the rule of law has to apply.
    I very much doubt he even considered the consequences of actions until he had already committed the crime as even a life sentence would deter any rational person.

  • Terkel Jan 22, 2013

    "Was is shocking is that she didn't kick his rear-end to the curb then!" jandroxie88

    Regrettably, this is not shocking at all.

    All those "empowerment, awareness, community marches" really helped cut down on DV, didn't they?

  • mittnfriends Jan 22, 2013

    A delusional, evil man murders someone then goes to a place of delusion and evil... not surprising at all.

    Now all he has to do is say to himself, "Father, please forgive me" and he'll be floating on clouds, sipping hot tea with Jesus. While, on the other hand, two consenting adults of the same sex who love each other and engage in a physical relationship will be burning for eternity. And "everything's all bad" because the church doesn't have enough influence any more?

  • lisa4 Jan 22, 2013

    I agree bjandroxie88 - send the prisoners to fight the war & let our troops come home....I think that is a great idea!!!!

  • SportsLover75 Jan 22, 2013

    bjandroxie88-- agree 100%!

    If they stuck with the death sentences some have been given there would be more room for the rest! (and I am talking about the ones that are gulity with out any doubt... just like this guy! Death sentence and do it right away!! dont make us support someone who is gulity and has admitted to it!)

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