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Raleigh police search for pair in stabbing death of Good Samaritan

Posted February 21, 2012

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— Police said Tuesday that a home invasion and fatal stabbing last month were separate crimes, and investigators are still searching for two men in the homicide.

Eleazar Brache Herrera, 20, was stabbed to death on Jan. 15 when he spotted a wrecked SUV on New Hope Road in north Raleigh and stopped to provide assistance, police said.

Earlier that morning, two men broke into a home on Wallingford Drive about a quarter-mile away, police said. A stolen GMC Envoy that was used during the home invasion was the vehicle Herrera stopped to check on.

Police said that the two men involved in the home invasion fled immediately after the SUV crashed and that, by the time Herrera and some friends came on the scene, two other men were standing by the disabled vehicle.

The men got into an argument for an unknown reason, and Herrera was stabbed, police said.

"This wasn't a gang fight or anything like that. He stopped to help somebody, and in the process, he got killed," said Herrera's brother, Manuel Herrera.

His family described Eleazar Herrera as hard-working, caring and the clown of the family.

"My son was loved by all of us greatly," said his mother, Nury Brache. "His death has just left a big silence in us."

Eleazar Herrera, Raleigh homicide victim Police: Home invasion suspects not linked to Raleigh homicide

Police said the two men wanted in Herrera's death had no connection with him, as far as they can tell, or with the home invasion suspects or victim.

One was described as black, in his early or mid-20s, 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 to 210 pounds, with a medium to dark complexion. He was wearing a black, zippered hooded sweatshirt, a white shirt, dark pants, dark shoes and a cap.

The other is described as black, in his early 20s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and a light complexion. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and might have braided hair.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP (4357).

Ronald Steven Earl Gaither, 23, and Terrell Gaither Hilliard, 19, were arrested a few days after the incident and charged in connection with the home invasion.


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  • Rebelyell55 Feb 22, 2012

    Just remember this is a "news brief", I'm sure there is a lot more to this than what is being reported here so far.

  • symonsez Feb 22, 2012

    I agree 'scifion'. Many people are unpredictable and you can not tell when a situation will suddenly 'change'. I am a new CCW holder as well; I never intend to use it, but if needed I can. This is a sad story and before stopping to help, consider your own safety first always (and maybe call the police anyhow).

  • nicolle Feb 21, 2012

    It is sad, and unfortunately not the first time. My heart goes out to this family. I hope the police find these people.

  • scifion Feb 21, 2012

    >>"Sad commentary on our society, don't you think?"

    Was was in the past and it still is now. I've stopped to help countless people over the years, and adopt an attitude of professional courtesy while keeping my distance until it's clear that I'm helping apparently decent people. In one instance, it was a drunk guy who became belligerent in a few words, and I quickly got back in my car and called the police. This is another reason I'm a CCW permit holder; I still take the Boy Scout oath seriously at 40 years old.

    My condolences to Eleazar's family and friends. I hope the perps are caught and brought to justice soon.

  • djofraleigh Feb 21, 2012

    This case is a real mystery! Why???

  • Vietnam Vet Feb 21, 2012

    Kinda makes you want to NOT help out your fellow man on the roadside? You wouldn't think that stopping for an accident or disabled vehicle would get you killed... Sad commentary on our society, don't you think?