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Ex-boyfriend charged in Durham woman's slaying

Posted May 9, 2011

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— Police said Monday that the former boyfriend of a Durham woman found slain in her apartment last week has been charged in her death.

Crystal Gigliotti, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood by her mother early Wednesday in an apartment in the Stonewood Apartment Homes complex, at 4524 Newby Drive.

Silvestre Alvarad Chaves, 25, of Liberty Street, was charged with murder in the case. He was arrested last Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn., on unrelated charges and has been in jail there since then, Durham police said.

Police haven't disclosed how Gigliotti died.

Chaves isn't the father of Gigliotti's 3-year-old son, who was found unharmed in the apartment, police said.

Gigliotti's mother said in a 911 call that she and her husband received a "weird call" from her daughter's former boyfriend, prompting her to go to the apartment, where she found Gigliotti.


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  • fairyswearboots2 May 10, 2011

    I saw her picture on Tv so sad .. she worked at times where I work and she was very nice young woman I'm saddend that she left this world so young in such a violent way leaving behind a young son. As a mother I feel for her Mom & Dad finding her body I'm sure what they saw will never be forgotten when you find your childs body like that. May she rest in peace

  • aquamarine46 May 10, 2011

    Maybe he and Brad Cooper can be roommates!!

  • wildcat May 10, 2011

    Yes a sad story. But there are many that will not move on. May the courts give this man life in prison without seeing parole.

  • tarheeltrav May 10, 2011

    Sad story. But what's even sadder is the fact that just because some people see a hispanic name/picture, they automatically question the legal status...people of all races and backgrounds commit crimes, you know. Not all latinos are illegals or criminals. Same for all other races. Grow up already. Maybe even wait on the facts to emerge before jumping to conclusions...

  • NiceNSmooth May 10, 2011

    once again people I see nothing in this story indicating this man's legal status. Not all Hispanics are illegal!!! (wish I knew how to say that in southern so "ywal" could understand) Not all people with Hispanic sounding names are truely Hispanic!

    Sad what this man did regardless of where he was born!!

  • cariannestanley May 10, 2011

    Strange people in this world. I don't understand the inherent need to kill people just because they don't want to be with you.......just move on with your life and get over it. There are always more fish in the sea. People get so obsessed with one person loving them and then when they are rejected or something goes wrong, they get wild and crazy. I would NEVER waste my life in prison over killing some romantic conquest....what a waste.........

  • dparga72 May 9, 2011

    Wft i dont see any different between legal or not.
    What is wrong with the last 2 comments.
    I thinks both need to know firts more facts

  • gingerlynn May 9, 2011

    well he already had a court date for No Operator's License and Fake plates so what do you think?

  • sssh.. whisper May 9, 2011

    Prayers to the family of the victim.

  • 4lilboys May 9, 2011

    I saw this one coming.....