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Durham mother, boyfriend killed in shooting

Posted December 16, 2013
Updated December 17, 2013

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— A Durham mother was shot to death Monday morning, just minutes after putting two of her three children on a school bus, according to police and neighbors. Her boyfriend was also shot and died after emergency crews took him to a local hospital.

Police did not say who might have shot Jerron McGirt, 34, and Jessica Liriano, 33, at their home in the 2200 block of Cheek Road.

Neighbors told WRAL News that they heard three gunshots, a pause and then more gunfire shortly before 7 a.m.

"We don't normally hear (anything) around here. I just kept laying there, and then I heard the police cars," said neighbor Dwight Gill. "I doubt they (the children) heard it, because as soon as the bus picks them up, they go that way. Right after that, that's when the gunshots start."

"It's a shock. I was surprised, never would have thought," neighbor Marshall Holloway added. "She was a very nice lady, and her boyfriend was very nice. They were real tight-knit, family oriented."

Police Chief Jose Lopez asked the community to come forward with information.

"We are hopeful that someone who was driving by here ... may have seen something," he said. "No matter how insignificant they might think it is, they can give us a call."

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator S. Pate at 919-560-4440. extension 29332 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

Police were also investigating another shooting in Durham early Monday. Shortly before dawn, two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting inside a house near Gurley and Dowd streets.  At least two witnesses were being questioned.


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  • 678devilish Dec 17, 2013

    Pray for these children. I pray they will be put into good homes where the people there will love them dearly. This is a tragic. Adults your actions is a burden to your children. Think of your children, first. Always. My condolences to the families in their loss. May God/Jesus bring all of you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  • iknowjack Dec 17, 2013

    Frank Downtown, I shouldn't even respond to such an ignorant comment, but are you afraid if you move to Durham suddenly one of your acquaintances will put a hit on you? Because that's what happened here and it can happen anywhere. Except for stray bullets when one ganger misses another one, shootings in Durham are seldom random. I've never felt unsafe in over 20 years here. Of course I don't walk on Alston Ave. at night either.

  • cinnamon16 Dec 16, 2013

    So many people are getting shot because of drug deals gone bad. People need to leave the drugs alone and chose life.

  • 3779LRRP Dec 16, 2013

    Guns don't kill people...bullets do! Raise the price of ammo to $1K per bullet! peace2u

    Guns don't kill People , Criminals do !

    Outlaw Criminals

    Excellent post. And so true.

  • mafiamic Dec 16, 2013

    At least the children didn't see it happen :(

    Yes but they will still have to come home or be told and that is almost if not worse then actually seeing it for they will have to go through life without them and hopefully the ones who do raise them raise them good and lovingly.

  • scubagirl2 Dec 16, 2013

    At least the children didn't see it happen :(

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 16, 2013

    Mo Blues - "Could this shooting be the result of the new law allowing citizens with permits to enter establishments that serve alcohol by the drink? No?"

    Society is becoming more uncivilized with every passing day.

    Some blame it on Social Media.

    I blame it on absentee, uninvolved and improper parenting resulting in raising beasts with shriveled or nonexistent hearts rather than children with consciences who grow up to be compassionate adults.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 16, 2013

    raleighboy - "Getting as bad as Cary..."

    Not a Cary fan, but it's got a long way to go before it catches up with Durham, Fayetteville or even Raleigh when it comes to crime.

  • raleighboy524 Dec 16, 2013

    Getting as bad as Cary......

  • nailman5204 Dec 16, 2013

    Glock Ranger-- My hat is off to you, you should be commended on your accomplishments and not tossed out on the Anti-Gun garbage heap. If it helps , I would have done the same thing and "Have Done " similar. I will stand with you any day, I just hope it will not be necessary.