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Man Slain in Doorway of Durham Home

Posted June 26, 2007
Updated June 27, 2007

— A Durham man was shot and killed in the doorway of his home Tuesday night, the second killing at a residence in the city in two nights.

Roderick Lynn Butler, 39, of 510 Burlington Ave., answered the door at 510-A Burlington Ave. just before 9 p.m., and two men shot him and ran off, police said.

One man was described as wearing a red shirt and the other a white shirt, but police had no more information, they said.

Butler was taken to Duke University Hospital and pronounced dead a short time after the shooting, police said.


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  • 68_polara Jun 27, 2007


    I live in Durham and without the right to bear arms we would have no way to protect our selves from thugs like the one who did this. But thanks for trying to change the subject to sharpen your ax. Try to respect this young man and grind your ax else where.

  • angel_gurlhott Jun 27, 2007

    Quincy was not in a gang he was a good student, and person he was looking out for someone else when he got shot may God bless him and his family, everyone that get shot is not in a gang it could have happened to anyone lets just hope that justice is done.

  • claudnc Jun 27, 2007

    I thought the 15 yr old killed in Durham the other day was described even by school officials as a really nice and studious student. His aspirations in the future included going to school to become a lawyer. I agree with the other person... when did it ever say he was in a gang. They also stated they dont believe the shooter was aiming at him but just shooting at any target... Folks being black does not equal to being in a gang. I do know that is really hard for some of you to wrap your minds around that fact...

  • seeingthru Jun 27, 2007

    well this will be a problem as long as you glory in your right to bear arms hah

  • ladyblue Jun 27, 2007

    My opinion on this story. These thugs are nothing but sorry individuals who like to kill for the fun of it. They think they are their own law. In the old days they were called renegade and outlaws. Today I call them scumballs.

  • ladyblue Jun 27, 2007

    I love the people who half way read thing and then post. The young "Hero" was outside and ran to the little girl and practically pushed her in door to keep her from being shot, He could have hid and let the bullets fly, knowing they'd probably hit the child. I don't care if he was in a gang or what, he showed his true colors when he saved that child and I'm sure God's forgiven any sins he made. I never read he was in a gang but some like to jump to guns. Wake up. Gangs and crime are running rampert in Durham, Raleigh and Johnston County (I live). Everyone shot is not in a gang and every shooter is not a gang. But I must say that those that drive by remind me of gang activity. There has to be stricter laws involving gang members whatever race you are. I think they are the same as terrorist, just domesticateded terrorist. That is my opinion after reading the story.

  • Johnny Da Lounge Jun 27, 2007

    The nephew saving the niece, story is a different story. This story is about a guy, just answering his door, and got blasted away by two extremely cowardous, usless, low-lifes, that need to be judged in the same way they executed judgement. I agree, though, the nephew did a great thing.

  • andrewsnc5 Jun 27, 2007

    This is a copy/paste of an entry I made on June 11th. For the most part, I think my comments still apply....

    As a proud Durham citizen, I have resisted the temptation of responding to those who obviously feel better about themselves by finding fault with Durham...particularly those purported to be Raleigh or Wake Co residents. Durham is improving itself. I've lived here for 10 years and witness it every day. We have problems, yes. Do most Durham members of this forum feel compelled to belittle others in surrounding communities....I don't see it. Right now on WRAL there is a story called "Man Found in Crashed Car Had Been Shot" This is a story about a Raleigh crime. The most I can say is that this is tragic, and this man's family must be devastated. You don't hear me make generalizations and condescending comments about this incident....How about if folks on this forum consider looking inward at your own community and its problems, before lashing out and making judgments about others?

  • Halyard Jun 27, 2007

    Apparently the people in Durham are going to keep re-electing the "same 'ol" so things will NOT change. It seems to be a haven for crime, why would the thugs want to change that?

  • Jun 27, 2007

    Quincy is truly a hero for saving another life. The citizens of Durham have a serious problem. Durham has no leadership. Everything revolves around race in Durham. Nothing will change because the citizens are too busy shouting "racist" and "bigot"
    at the top of their lungs. Meanwhile, the city is falling apart. Accountability starts at the top. The citizens of Durham need to quit the blame game. We all know where the problem lies. Now, when is someone gonna do something about it?