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Durham man dies after stabbing

Posted July 26, 2010

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— Police were investigating a Monday morning stabbing that left one man dead.

Officers responded to the Hampton Forest Apartments, at 901 Chalk Level Road, at about 1 a.m. in response to a reported stabbing. They found a man inside an apartment who had been stabbed and was unconscious.

The man, was police identified as Jay Lerma, 31, was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to preliminary reports, the man was stabbed during an argument near a breezeway at the apartment complex. Investigators were trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the argument and stabbing.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29336, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • 68_polara Jul 26, 2010

    I lived in this complex right up until it transitioned from British Woods. I think the property management changed. Those that ran it before were locals that took care of problems even if it was complaints about loud music. They were very professional. During the transition they spent a bunch of money prettying up the place but I suspect that some of the problems have something to do with the management now. I know they used to allow Durham city cops to live there rent free. I would be interested if they still do that.

  • BullsEye Jul 26, 2010

    That's not the first shooting/stabbing in that apt complex.

    Changing the name from British Woods to Hampton Forest, or whatever, didn't help any.

  • emtp Jul 26, 2010

    withnailharrison Could it also be that these criminals, who don't work for a living, have nothing better to do than get drunk/high, and cause trouble, and kill each other, while living off us working, taxpayers ?? And how many are not even American citizens. Let's help the economy, put a bounty on illegals. turn one in , get some cash, and the illegals stop using all our paid for services.....

  • Trabman_san Jul 26, 2010

    This area of Durham has a lot of Hispanics too. But leave that out of the story because Illegal Immigration is NOT a problem! PFFT!

  • withnailharrison Jul 26, 2010

    @ mom-of-3,
    i think it's more likely that these idiots commit these crimes during this time b/c they're drunk, not because they're prowling around looking for opportunities when people are asleep - you're sounding paranoid, don't give dimwit criminals so much credit. the sinister stuff you allude to happens during the daytime when people leave their homes and go to work.

  • mom-of-3 Jul 26, 2010

    why does all of this stuff always happen at 1 am to 6 am
    because these idiots that commit these crimes thinks everyone is in for the night, and that they would have a better chance of not being detected.

  • oleguy Jul 26, 2010

    Like I said before, and was chewed out the ying yang on GOLO, Nothing you cant miss goes on after midnight till day. All the crayzes and trouble makers use this time to perform evil.
    If you come around my place more than an hour after dark you better be real nice and call first,, after 12:00 you dont stand a chance... Keep a gun loaded and a hole dug

  • The Fox Jul 26, 2010

    You'd think it was too hot for all of this goings on.

  • BigUNCFan Jul 26, 2010

    why does all of this stuff always happen at 1 am to 6 am