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Durham man had alcohol in system at time of shooting

Posted June 15, 2011

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— A Durham man who shot and killed his toddler as part of a murder-suicide had alcohol in his system at the time, according to a medical examiner’s report obtained by WRAL News on Wednesday.

Police found Tyrone Xavier Hester lying behind Building N at the Hampton Forest Apartments, at 901 Chalk Level Road, on May 7. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hester’s daughter, 22-month-old Tyaijah Destiny Hester, who had also been shot behind the building, was taken to Duke University Hospital. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

Tyaijah’s mother, LaToya Smith, said she had been fighting Tyrone Hester shortly before the shooting.


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  • HEAFIE200 Jun 16, 2011

    Sick, nothing more to say

  • ICTrue Jun 16, 2011

    Well? Did they break the news of what else he had to consume that day? It's been almost a full day. The public is anxiously awaiting the outcome.

  • bombayrunner Jun 16, 2011

    Isn't it strange how when someone shoots another and doesn't have a concealed carry, it never makes the news. Yet the percentage is like none for those that have one.

  • ncmickey Jun 16, 2011

    Alcohol, the solution to and cause of all lifes problems...

  • ICTrue Jun 15, 2011

    What did he have for lunch? When will that news break??

  • dfendrjimray Jun 15, 2011

    Alcohol - is there anything it can't do?

  • Just the facts mam Jun 15, 2011

    Is this a surprise that he had alcohol in his system???

  • mikeyj Jun 15, 2011

    I don't care if you hurt yourself. BUT to try to hurt your partner by injuring a child or ruin a posession of theirs is just lower than sting ray p uh P.