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Durham teen charged in grandmother's death, 4-year-old brother's stabbing

Posted February 26, 2014

— Police charged a 17-year-old boy Wednesday in connection with early-morning stabbings that killed his grandmother and injured his 4-year-old brother at their apartment in Durham.

Officers responding to a cardiac arrest call at 3421 Glasson St. shortly before 5 a.m. found Carolyn Hemingway, 62, dead and the young boy, who was taken to Duke University Hospital, seriously injured, authorities said.

Treyvon Evans was later arrested on murder and attempted murder charges.

In a 911 call released late Wednesday morning, a person referred to as "Trey" tells a dispatcher twice he arrived home about 10 minutes earlier and found Hemingway unresponsive.

Investigators haven't commented on a motive, saying only that the stabbings followed an argument.

Neighbors said it wasn't unusual for Evans and Hemingway – who lived at the apartment with her grandchildren – to argue.

"Sometimes, Trey would get mad at his grandma, and they would get to arguing," next-door neighbor Ellen Motley said. "Trey would leave and come over to my house."

Despite the arguing, Motley said, Hemingway was a loving grandmother who cared for at least three of her grandchildren – Evans, the 4-year-old and a little girl – while their mother was ill.

"She was good to that boy. She did everything she could for that boy," Motley said. "If he was going through problems, he should have come and talked to somebody."


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  • uncfan7 Feb 28, 2014

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    The mother has chronic medical problems and is in the hospital, she love her children and is there for them whenever she can be. And no, the medical problems aren't the result of drug or alcohol abuse.

  • 678devilish Feb 27, 2014

    Now he has no one. You just don't kill your own love one. You should never take anyone's life. He is very young; and yet will have the rest of his life to think about his wrong.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 27, 2014
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    At least he's old enough to be charged as an adult. And put in prison like an adult!

  • luv2funrun Feb 27, 2014

    According to the news report last night, his mother was recovering from surgery. Grandma was obviously just helping out. And per WTVD, the Mom had been released and had to go back after hearing the news. Why kill his grandma?? Why????

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 27, 2014

    I'd like to see his pic a week after he's been behind bars. He'll probably be crying.

  • Dido Feb 26, 2014

    Already practicing his best "I ain't scared of prison" face for the camera. What a tragedy; the grandmother dead and his young brother injured.

  • Kenny Dunn Feb 26, 2014
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    OK, and your point? Please be willing to state it.

  • OzzzMan Feb 26, 2014

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    Think about, you are talking inter-city!!!

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Feb 26, 2014
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    So terribly sad for that poor woman, killed by her own grandchild who she gave a home to. So an argument with his grandmother precipitated the stabbings? What is his excuse for stabbing his own 4-year old brother? Horrible....what will become of the other grandchildren, now left apparently without a caretaker? Just tragic all around.

  • Spinmaster Feb 26, 2014

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    Oh yes, the obvious solution was to have the grandma armed. Statements like this are part of the problem, not the solution.