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Durham shooting deaths ruled murder-suicide

Posted October 20, 2008

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— Authorities on Monday identified two people whose bodies were found early Sunday in a Durham County house.

The bodies of Pamela P. Turner, 61, of 5501 Bakers Mill Road, and Charles Martin, 60, of 982 Ivey Meadow Lane, both in Durham, were found Sunday morning inside Turner's home by her 20-year-old son, authorities said.

Both died from apparent gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Based on evidence collected at the scene and from Martin's home, investigators with the Durham County Sheriff's Office ruled the case a murder-suicide. They said Martin killed Turner before turning the gun on himself.

Martin and Turner had a previous romantic relationship, authorities said.

Martin's son, who lives in Nashville, had alerted authorities that his father had e-mailed him a note the suggested Charles Martin intended to kill himself, authorities said.


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  • JAT Oct 20, 2008

    don't blame it all on the man not being able to let go. someone had to let the man into the house, and apparently, the son didn't think it was odd assuming the man was there when he went to bed. And why didn't he hear the gun shots?

    Too many people live too dramatic lives.

  • xchief661 Oct 20, 2008

    I will never understand why someone who wants to commit suicide feels the need to not go alone. My prayers to both families.

  • scarletindurham Oct 20, 2008

    RIP Pam! We will miss you at work, you were a wonderful person.

  • 42ITUS Oct 20, 2008

    Suicide is a selfish act in itself. Taking someone else with you shows how little the person thinks of anyone but themself.

  • unchick Oct 20, 2008

    My heart truly goes out to that 20yr young man. It's horrible that he found his mother like that. He is going to need our prayers. My prayers our with her family and his family as well.

  • dogsrule12cheek Oct 20, 2008

    This is truly a sad story why in the world is there so much
    killing latley????

    what is going on.

    God Bless her sons and family

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  • Gold Oct 20, 2008

    How terribly sad. Just sad.

  • sayitoutloud Oct 20, 2008