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Friend says woman's breakup may have prompted Durham murder-suicide

Posted October 7, 2015

— A woman who was gunned down late Tuesday in a west Durham neighborhood recently broke up with the man police say killed her before taking his own life.

The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the driveway of a home in the 1000 block of Oakland Avenue, police said. Several people called 911 to report hearing a barrage of gunfire, followed by a woman's blood-curdling screams.

Raluca Iosif, who celebrated her 40th birthday last weekend, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her brother, Razvaiya Iosif, 38, survived the shooting but remained hospitalized Wednesday evening for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police identified the gunman as David Dietrich Holder, 40, of Raleigh.

A friend said Wednesday that Raluca Iosif recently broke up with Holder, which might have been the motive for the shooting.

A native of Romania, Raluca Iosif had worked in North Carolina for more than a decade, most recently at IntraHealth International in Durham, a nonprofit that supports health care workers in developing counties.

"She was incredibly dedicated. In some ways, some people thought she was too dedicated, too professional, too married to her work," said Rebecca Kohler, senior vice president of corporate strategy and development at IntraHealth.

Iosif identified new sources of funding for IntraHealth and oversaw all applications for grants from institutional donors, Kohler said.

"We’re all in shock here – a senseless, senseless death," she said. "We’re going to miss her commitment to the organization and her love of life. She was definitely a giving and loving spirit. That’s what we’re going to miss."

Razvaiya Iosif was visiting Durham with his wife and child from Romania, friends said, noting that the brother and sister hadn't seen each other in six years.


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  • H.D. Derrington Oct 8, 2015
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    2. How many domestic violence-related homicides happened in North Carolina in 2013?

    There were 108 domestic violence-related homicides in 2013, according to a report from the North Carolina Department of Justice. Around two people died per week from domestic violence in 2013.

    According to what source you can find the most of these are committed by people with domestic restraining orders. They can get a gun even with an active restraining order by exploiting loopholes in gun laws. Oh, domestic abusers rarely have a mental illness diagnosis. So any discussion involving guns has to involve how we handle these issues as well.

  • Marcy Lyn Oct 8, 2015
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    A gun in an inanimate object. It just sit's there by it's self. Blame the shooter for pulling the trigger. .
    A fork is an inanimate object, it just sit's there by it's self. Blame the over eater for obesity.

    I have a couple guns, not one of them has jumped up and shot anyone.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Oct 7, 2015
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    I feel strongly that a sane person should have the choice of when to end their own life, but for goodness sake, leave the rest of us alone.
    Killing a person because they reject you is ludicrous... People need to Stop acting like Animals. Start respecting the lives and properties of others.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Oct 7, 2015
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    PEOPLE.... Do I need to say more?

    I own a warehouse full of guns. None have every been used in ANY crime. They sit, locked up and bother no-one.

    There is one Bad Element in this, and any story that involves a Shooting. One bad person, picking up a weapon, any weapon, and killing another person.
    Feel free to blame everything, anything else beside. But how about putting the blame where it belongs for Just Once. The person doing the killing, whatever their reason.

  • John Tavolacci Oct 7, 2015
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    Guns... need i say more.

  • Sonja Yagel Oct 7, 2015
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    Some people cannot accept "No" for an answer.