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Ex-boyfriend charged with Durham teen's murder

Posted March 31, 2015

— Police on Tuesday charged an ex-boyfriend with murder in the death of a Durham teen found over the weekend outside a vacant house.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Tierra Hall and Kelton Breshon Fox, both 17, had been a couple.

Her body was found at 4123 Trotter Ridge Road Saturday afternoon, and he faces a single charge of murder in her death.

"It's a shame that many of our youth resort to violence to settle many of their issues," said Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez.

Police said Hall was likely stabbed to death Friday afternoon. According to Lopez, Hall was last seen alive on Friday. Both Hall and Fox were students at Charles E. Jordan High School.

Koteya Hall said that when her daughter didn't come home Friday night, she assumed the teen was at a friend's home because it was the start of spring break, so she never reported her as missing.

"I loved her so much. I just do not understand," Koteya Hall said, choking back tears. "I need to know why. I need to know why. I'm angry."

Along with determining a motive, Lopez said investigators are also trying to find out what connection the teens had to the vacant home where Hall was found.


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  • Richard Silvers Apr 1, 2015
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  • Collin McLoud Apr 1, 2015
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    So the mother is upset and angry that her daughter is dead but wasn't upset (or cared) enough to report her missing when she didn't come home Friday night or respond to call & texts. This is what we call child neglect and the mother should be charged as such. Had I not heard from my child and they didn't come home I certainly would have called the police as any good, caring parent would. Another observation is that there is no mention of the Father.

    (1) "I loved her so much. I just do not understand," Koteya Hall said, choking back tears. (2) "I need to know why. I need to know why. I'm angry."

    (1) But you didn't love her enough to to report her missing.
    (2) You should be angry at yourself for being a terrible parent.

  • Roger Chance Mar 31, 2015
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    You do not need to be your child's friend, you are their PARENT.

  • Ronnie Johnston Mar 31, 2015
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    Maybe you should watch the video and LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eric Gee Mar 31, 2015
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    many want to change the nc law for kids if they do adult crimes im not for the changes im all for them serving the time

  • Christopher Byrne Mar 31, 2015
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    Prayers go out to this young lady's family. Very tragic.
    Does it matter that it wasn't reported "how"?
    And Mr. Miller, I'm sure you are an exemplary father, however I do believe as parents, we are just that, parents. Not "friends". I guess different strokes for different folks. I love my children dearly but they clearly understand that I am not their "friend". Sorry if semantics get in the way.

  • Michael Miller Mar 31, 2015
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    Any death is always tragic. My thoughts are prayers go out to the family. Parents, never make assumptions with your children! Be their best friend and set the expectations that they should let you know where they are at all times! Create a relationship of open and honest communication. This is not intended to place blame. Bad things happen to good people and we need to do all we can to prevent it.

  • Dan Owen Mar 31, 2015
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    Why aren't you reporting that she was stabbed death? Other news outlets are...