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Man mourns, worries after stabbing that split family

Posted March 8
Updated March 9

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— 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.

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  • dwr1964 Mar 10, 6:56 p.m.

    Another needless stabbing. Get knives off the streets. Ban them now.

  • PJM Mar 10, 3:06 p.m.

    Lets dont judge this man nor family! None of us know them personally to pass judgement, for all we know he has been in his life, what you are failing to comprehend is the 17yr old stabbed his grandmother, not the 17yr olds father. Where was the dad of the child who killed 20 preschoolers in Newtown, CT? something to make you say ummmm

  • Deb1003 Mar 10, 12:28 p.m.

    So, this Dad is suddenly available to offer comments? Where was he when his son was being raised by his mother-in-law? Apparently, his son wasn't important enough to raise, but is now important enough to defend? This man really needs to re-evaluate his priorities.

  • zile1porkey Mar 10, 11:41 a.m.

    This is what gets me regarding the whole story they argued all the time and he would walk away, but not this time. First place who argues with their 60 year old granny anyway and if so why wasn't he out the door oh I forgot she didn't want to see her baby homeless but she rather be dead. This is what happens when you allow half raised kids to continue to stay in your house and disrespect you and for the girlfriend that wanted to spend the night in her house I hope you get your attitude ajusted as well please build more prisons for citizens that believe they can do what they please and nothing should happen to them. He needs the chair I don't care how old he is he couldn't have his way so he killed her.

  • outhousecat Mar 10, 11:19 a.m.

    I guess all the comments have been censored. But that doesn`t stop me from wondering why this dad wasn`t raising his son. What kind of man makes kids and then dumps them off on an old lady to raise?