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Durham woman's death ruled homicide

Posted July 21, 2008

— Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman Friday as a homicide.

Carrie Denise Watkins, 23, was shot late Friday at 503 Bruce St. and died at Duke University Hospital, police said.

Police haven't determined a possible motive for the shooting and don't have any suspects.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sgt. Jack Cates of the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • BuglessDuster Jul 23, 2008


    See, if you're "missing" first, then you get publicity. If this guy turns up murdered, then there'll be several follow-up stories, I'm sure. If his wife becomes a suspect, then expect even more stories. The media eats that stuff up like candy.

  • KevinUNC97 Jul 22, 2008

    Well, if memory serves me correctly, Raleigh has been enduring more homicides than Durham. This discounts the statement that Durham has more of a homicide problem it's Wake county natives.
    Raleigh murders get very little press coverage, unless the victim is an upper-class female (whose husband obviously killed her); and I will agree with you on that point; but I can't allow misleading information regarding crime statistics in the city of Durham.

  • 68_polara Jul 22, 2008

    Probably not a lot to investigate in this case nathanius because people don't talk to the cops in this neighborhood, it's right off Angier Avenue. So young what a shame...

  • BuglessDuster Jul 21, 2008

    Probably because she was never "missing" and her husband isn't suspected of killing her (even though he hasn't been named as a suspect). The Cooper story is more "sensational" than a typical murder that happens every weekend in Durham.

  • nathanius Jul 21, 2008

    Why does'nt she get the coverage that Mrs. Cooper did?