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Girlfriend says accused Durham teen would never harm his grandmother

Posted February 27, 2014

— The girlfriend of a Durham teen charged with killing his grandmother and hurting his younger brother said Thursday that the teen would sooner walk away than hurt his grandmother.

Treyvon Evans,17, was arrested Wednesday on murder and attempted murder charges. He made his initial court appearance Thursday morning and was ordered held without bond.

Officers responding to a cardiac arrest call at 3421 Glasson St. early Wednesday found Carolyn Hemingway, 62, dead inside her apartment. Her 4-year-old grandson was injured and was taken to Duke University Hospital. His condition was unknown Thursday.

Police said Hemingway was stabbed after an argument.

Nikeyea Miller, who lived with Hemingway and Evans for several months before moving out last week, said she doesn't believe he killed his grandmother.

"Everyone knows that’s his heart, that’s the woman who raised him," Miller said. "He used to always say, 'Man, if anything happens to my grandmother, I'm going crazy. I'm always there for my grandmother.'"

Evans and Hemingway would argue at times, but he wouldn't lash out against her, Miller said.

"Him and her are tight-knit," she said. "There was a recent incident where, if they got into an argument, he walks off. He doesn’t stay in the house if there's an argument. He leaves. He refuses to just sit there and yell at his grandmother."

Neighbor Ellen Motley said Wednesday that Evans used to go to her house to get away from an argument with Hemingway.

Miller said she doesn't know what happened to Hemingway but noted that "there is a lot of stuff going on" at the Morreene Road Apartments complex.


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  • rougemontredneck Feb 28, 2014

    You never know when someone is going to 'snap'.

  • pirategal Feb 28, 2014

    So you had a grandmother, a mother, a 17 yr. old boy, a 20 yr. old girlfriend, a 4 yr. old toddler, and a 1 yr. old baby in the apartment. How big is this place to house all these folks? And what has the "mother" had to say about all of this?

  • RDcallsit Feb 28, 2014

    what's with Trayvon cases lately...

  • Lorna Schuler Feb 28, 2014
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    As to the grandmother being arrested for misdemeanor larceny.... she had no other past arrests for anything....ever. We don't know if she was even at fault for that considering the issues with the older grandsons. Regardless, she didn't deserve this as she was trying to provide a home for her family. Sadly, the little brat didn't appreciate that fact.

    As to the so called girlfriend.... ummm... what was a 20 yr old doing with a 17 yr old boy? If the genders had been reversed everyone would have been up in arms. With that thought in mind the "girlfriend" isn't too bright by publicly putting her opinion out for all to see.

    I hope that the little boy will be ok and that he and the 1 yr old in the house can be taken care of and loved.

  • Joel Rado Feb 27, 2014
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    Unfortunately, there are too many children being brought up in lower socioeconomic communities by a single mother or grandmother. The consequence is higher levels of violent crime and increased incarceration rates which exacerbates the problem.

  • eyeoneastsky Feb 27, 2014

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    I saw that on NCDOC.

  • Douglass Davis Feb 27, 2014
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    What girlfriend is going to say yea he's the type that would kill his grandmother lol

  • busyb97 Feb 27, 2014

    Shows what SHE knows. Good grief people.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 27, 2014
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    sure he wouldn't ! Good boy, don't hurt no one.....yea right.. Bond so strong it couldn't be broken.....maybe so but it apparently could be cut in two

  • Donald Holder Feb 27, 2014
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    Yep, looks like Grandma wasn't an angel either.