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Home invasion, stabbing probed as separate crimes

Posted January 19, 2012

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— A Raleigh police spokesman said Thursday that a home invasion and fatal stabbing over the weekend are being investigated right now as separate crimes.

Jim Sughrue said, however, that detectives have made no final determinations on either.

Ronald Steven Earl Gaither, 23, and Terrell Gaither Hilliard, 19, are each charged with first-degree burglary, common law robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle in the Sunday-morning robbery of a home on Wallingford Drive in north Raleigh.

A short time later, Eleazar Brache Herrera, 20, was stabbed to death a quarter-mile away at the scene of a wreck involving a GMC Envoy that police say Gaither and Hilliard stole earlier that morning.

Neither man has been charged in the stabbing, and police haven't commented on either case.

A friend of Herrera's said he and several of his cousins were out Sunday morning when they happened upon the wrecked Envoy on New Hope Road and that Herrera got out of his car.

Witnesses told 911 operators that they saw a group of men fighting in the street, and when police arrived, Herrera had been stabbed.

He will be buried Saturday at Raleigh Memorial Park. Visitation will be all day Friday at the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, at 1701 E. Millbrook Road.

Police are still asking anyone who might have seen or heard anything that could relate to either crime to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.

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  • Bill of Rights Jan 20, 2012

    avnvideo: Your random checkpoints would be an egregious violation of the fourth amendment (and the second amendment). No police officer will search my person or my property without a search warrant; end of story.

  • shortcake53 Jan 20, 2012

    I find it hard to believe that this guy just happened to be killed right next to this other crime. Just does not make sense.
    This was 5 in the morning, not rush hour, couldnt have been that many people around at that hour. The "friends" need to come clean and tell all they know.

  • avnvideo Jan 20, 2012

    Police in Raleigh need to have random checkpoints in certain crime areas,minicity etc.If you aren't a cmiminal you have nothing to worry about,if you are carrying a knife or gun you go to jail.Period

  • avnvideo Jan 20, 2012

    3 men were handcuffed at the scene due to first reports,then the 2 guys were arrested and noone knows who did the stabbing and this poor kid is being buried on sat,what a sad story.Something is missing in this story if his friends were with him.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 19, 2012

    More will come out "the group of friends were riding around" so there is something else going on than what is being reported so far.

  • bigbass175 Jan 19, 2012

    Death penalty for both please.

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 19, 2012

    Dr. Barber doesn't take people like this and put them under his wing, he takes cases like these to the public and will blame society. He will argue that it's our fault for not allowing him to have a fair chance, or keeping him poor and lifting him upward from a depressed area .... its our fault. That would be the argument, we've seen it a million times before.

  • YourMom Jan 19, 2012

    Dorindarindy - I think boxtruck is being sarcastic. However, it would be wonderful if the NAACP would actually step up and start publicly addressing these issues.

  • copperino Jan 19, 2012

    It's sad when such obvious sarcasm isn't recognized, dorindarindy...

  • dorindarindy Jan 19, 2012

    Misunderstood young men? If they broke in your home and punched you in the face and assaulted your kid, and could have killed them both you would probably feel different. They made a choice to do this heinous crime, and should be punished to the full extent.

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