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Uncle of victim's children charged in Durham double fatal shooting

Posted April 17, 2012

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— A Durham man has been charged with killing a man and a mother of four who police officers found shot to death late Monday after reports of a fight in the McDougald Terrace apartment complex.

Timothy Lonell Bell, 25, of Durham, was charged early Tuesday with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Farrahquan Idre Glenn, 27, and Faraah Christine Anderson, 29, who lived in the complex at 1 Sima Ave.

Anderson was the mother of two girls and two boys, all under 10 years old, neighbors said. Bell is their uncle.

"They were happy. She was happy. They were a happy little family. When you saw one, you saw the mom and her little ones right behind her," said Rev. Pebbles Lucas, who was Anderson's friend and works at the nearby First Chronicles Community Church.

The children were upstairs asleep during the shooting, but weren't aware of what happened.

Police haven't commented on a motive, but court records show that Anderson had taken out a restraining order against Lance Bell, the suspect's brother and father of her children.

Faraah Christine Anderson Slain Durham mother was restarting her life, friends say

The children's grandmother was on her way from New Jersey Tuesday afternoon to tell them about their mother's death, neighbors said.

"A whole family has been torn apart viciously. Four children are motherless today for whatever reason," Lucas said. "I can't imagine the grief the children are about to experience."

Friends said Anderson was taking classes in culinary arts so she could get a good job and make a better life. She was scheduled to take her GED test on Wednesday.

"She had just finished school and started working. She was a young lady who was restarting her life for her children," her friend Theresa Wilson said. "She was like a flower getting ready to bloom."

Glenn's relatives also came to the scene of the shooting Tuesday but were too distraught to talk. 

Police haven't commented on a motive or what led to the shooting but said the deaths were not random. Faraah Christine Anderson Slain Durham mother was restarting her life, friends say

Residents called 911 around 11 p.m. Monday to report a fight in an apartment and someone getting shot. Screams fill the background of the 911 call recordings, and a person is heard yelling, "Help!"

"Somebody's being killed or something," one 911 caller says.

"Please come out here real quick, because somebody got shot," a second caller says.

Lt. Patrice Vickers credited tips from area residents for helping police make a quick arrest. Investigators spent the night combing the scene for evidence and interviewing neighbors. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Durham police investigators at 919-560-4440, extension 29332 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve cases.

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  • rchl2653 Apr 18, 6:31 p.m.

    Thank you cgulley. I COMPLETELY agree with you. It's so sad how things get shifted away from what's truly important.

  • cgulley Apr 18, 12:44 p.m.

    Wow, the comments I am reading are getting more and more interesting. So know, if you are "poor" or live on the "bad" side of town you are going to commit crimes, and the police need to pay more attention to this side of town. Because people who are well off don't commit crimes. I quess your drive to commit crimes depends on the side of the track you live on:)LOL I have never lived on the fantastic side of town, and I have a clean criminal and credit record. A great job where I have been at for 5 years, so Im not lazy. I quess if you have had all your life, you can't imagine how others can't have what you have. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE

  • rchl2653 Apr 18, 12:03 p.m.

    @ TRUTH HURT... You are completely wrong to say I wouldn't walk the streets of Durham. I WORK IN DURHAM, helping children every day. I know these children and both parents on a professional level and you truly have no idea what you are talking about. I don't care where the family lived, there are four children who laid down to sleep last night without a good night kiss from their mother. You know owe me $100. Passing judgement on people is truly ignorant.

  • nirobep Apr 18, 11:33 a.m.

    She was a great mother

  • nirobep Apr 18, 11:31 a.m.

    All y'all need to hush about their father because I knew them and y'all don't even know the reason why he not in their life so stop assuming!

  • Rico Apr 18, 10:47 a.m.

    I hope he never knows what freedom is like ever again...Im so sorry for the family...heartbreaking

  • ICTrue Apr 18, 10:10 a.m.

    "I'm not debating the merit of gun ownership here. I just pointed out the fact one who could legally own guns in NC if you don't have a criminal record. I personally don't own any gun anymore..."

    With Obama's race war heating up, you may want to run out and get yourself a few.

  • iamsiam1096 Apr 18, 10:07 a.m.

    Sunshine1040 asked "Where is the childrens Father he is the one that should be talking to his children and taking care of them at this most tradgic time ."
    The story stated she had a restraining order against him, so I am guessing he is in no way the person to be caring for them or talking to them.
    This story is sad on so many levels...I hope the families can find peace.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 18, 9:55 a.m.

    Where is the childrens Father he is the one that should be talking to his children and taking care of them at this most tradgic time . The story says they were all upstairs sleeping are you sure of that or were they listening to adulds yell at each other and then heard gun shots.Broters and sister fight and have since the beginning of time when I was younger and we had a fight We were told to go to seperate rooms and not come out until we could act like strangers and ignor each other till we were ready to make up not go get guns and kill each other the guns were for getting food for the table Deer and rabbits also meant less more vegetables for us to eat from the garden as it controlled animal population

  • Da Toy Maker Apr 18, 9:20 a.m.

    ""Really? You could always legally own guns if you don't have a criminal record!"

    gives them one more thing to steal and more likely to be used to kill a family member than anything else. Don't fall for the NRA lie that guns make you safe.....they don't, they just make it easier for you to kill yourself and/or your family. Clinical depression is common place, add in guns and you create the stuff of nightmares.
    Tcheuchter"

    I'm not debating the merit of gun ownership here. I just pointed out the fact one who could legally own guns in NC if you don't have a criminal record. I personally don't own any gun anymore but I don't have problem of other who do. It is a personal choice. As for the end result, it goes back to personal responsibility. One should be responsible for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly consequence of one's own action.

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