Man mourns, worries after stabbing that split family
Posted March 8
Updated March 9
Durham, N.C. — Kenyon Evans is caught in the middle – mourning his mother-in-law and defending his son.
Evans is the father of 17-year-old Treyvon Evans, who is being held without bond in the Durham County Jail for the murder of his grandmother, Carolyn Hemingway.
Kenyon Evans was married to Hemingway's daughter and shares three children with her. They have since divorced.
"It's unreal," Kenyon Evans said. "The last week is like walking through a dream."
"I know for a fact that he loved his grandmother," he said of his son.
Treyvon Evans is charged with murder in Hemingway's stabbing death. Police say he also injured another one of her grandchildren, a 4-year-old boy, in the home they shared on Glasson Street in Durham. That child is recovering from his injuries, Kenyon Evans said.
Neighbors said it wasn't unusual for Treyvon Evans and Hemingway to argue.
"If they got into an argument, he walks off," said Nikeyea Miller, who dated him. "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."
"We all make mistakes and that's what I think this was," Kenyon Evans said.
That mistake left neighbors missing a woman who was like family.
"She was real sweet, caring, loving. She cared about everybody," said Dontrana Spencer.
"That was a good friend who has gone to heaven too soon," added neighbor Ellen Motley.