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Durham identifies three found dead this week

Posted January 21, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015

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— Investigators have identified the bodies of three men found in separate places in Durham this week.

Charles Ellis Hinnant, 63, was found inside a townhouse on the 3000 block of Colony Road Monday morning. Detectives classified Hinnant’s death as a homicide after an autopsy was performed Wednesday. Authorities did not say how Hinnant was killed.

A few hours later, Trinity James Wilkins, 38, of Durham, was found in the Beaver Marsh Nature Preserve, located between East Club Boulevard and Interstate 85. Volunteers participating in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project discovered Wilkins' body after noticing something wrapped in a blanket in the water.

Early Tuesday morning, Lensy Arnett Gill III, 23, of Durham, was found in the street at the intersection of Rosewood and Dayton streets. Gill, who was shot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"One body is startling," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said during a Tuesday morning news conference. "Nevermind, when you have three, one right after the other."

Lopez said it appears the three cases are not connected.

No arrests had been made in any of the cases as of Wednesday evening.

Anyone with information about any of the deaths is asked call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

"I don't want to put everything on the community, but this is our problem. It's the community's problem, and we need the community's help," Durham Mayor Bill Bell said Tuesday.

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  • CAPITALPUN Jan 22, 2015

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    I do agree, her loss!

  • Mary Boehm Jan 22, 2015
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    or Rocky Mount

  • Clayton Mack Jan 22, 2015
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    You're missing out on some great restaurants, some great experiences, and some great people. But alas your loss.

  • Clayton Mack Jan 22, 2015
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    Entrapped is the correct word. It means to trap which can be defined as an unpleasant situation from which it is difficult to escape.

    But let's focus on the issues, and not semantics, please.

  • diana123 Jan 22, 2015

    durham is as durham does. i don't even go into this town. been in nc for 25 years. no way would i go into this slum.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jan 22, 2015
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    3 unconnected murders. How frightening that there are savage murderers out and about that the people of Durham and elsewhere need to be concerned wtih. I hope someone that knows something has the decency to contact the authorities so these people can be taken off the street. RIP to those killed.

  • CAPITALPUN Jan 22, 2015

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    You have more low income areas in Durham than in Cary and where there is low income you have crime and most all of it is Black on Black.

  • Alex Branoff Jan 22, 2015
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    wrong use of "entrapped". That makes it seem like it is someone else that tricks them into a life of crime.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 22, 2015

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    Good point, I don't think we can ever expect change unless there are opportunities for those that do work hard and obtain an education. It's unfortunate those that find out there are little opportunities to succeed after they have tried to take part in the American dream. I know a few to many people with good college degrees working in food serve type jobs while we import more foreign workers via H1-B visas take professional jobs because companies know they will do it for less. H1-B visas have doubled between 2004 and 2012, the latest year the numbers are available for.

  • Christopher Rose Jan 22, 2015
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    I'd rather get shot in durham than die of boredom in Cary.

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