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Four students charged in Wake County homicide

Posted December 3, 2008
Updated December 6, 2008

— Four Wake County high school students were charged with murder Wednesday in connection with a body found the night before in the New Hill community.

Allegra Rose Dahlquist, 17, of 601 Walcott Way, Cary; Ryan Patrick Hare, 18; of 100 Walnut Hill Court, Apex; Aadil Shahid Khan, 17, of 901 Bristol Blue St., Apex; and Drew Logan Shaw, 16, of 107 Woolard Way, Apex, each face one count of murder.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said deputies found the body Tuesday night at a home at 4221 Olive Branch Lane after receiving a tip from Apex police. According to Wake County real estate records, the property where the body was found belongs to members of Dahlquist's family.

Arrest warrants said the homicide occurred Nov. 30, and they list the victim as John Doe.

Authorities have been unable to identify the victim or to determine the person's age or gender. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

"Everything we're doing, we're in the first stages, and I don't want to say where the body was found or anything else, right now," Harrison said.

Slaying linked to missing teen?

Investigators say they are looking at whether the slaying could be connected to a case involving missing Apex High School student Matthew Josiah Silliman, 18.

Silliman's parents reported him missing Nov. 26, and he is the subject of a Silver Alert – a statewide system that notifies the public about missing endangered adults who suffer from a mental cognitive impairment.

His parents said they did receive a visit Wednesday morning from law enforcement officers who informed them about the crime scene. They declined to comment further.

Classmates said Silliman had gone through some changes lately and that he seemed angry. On the social networking Web site Facebook, he details a difficult time he was going through recently.

"If I saw him in the halls, he wouldn't say much, as if he didn't want anyone's help," said Chris Lassiter.

Who are the suspects?

Authorities have not released much information about the suspects, but Wake County Public Schools spokesman Michael Evans said Dahlquist and Khan are seniors at Apex High School, and Shaw is a sophomore at Panther Creek. Hare, he said, withdrew from Panther Creek in February.

The networking Web site MySpace provides a glimpse of who they might be.

On Shaw's MySpace page Wednesday afternoon was a photo with the word "psychopathic" listed multiple times. He describes his friends as "utterly awesome."

Hare's MySpace page depicted a nuclear explosion with the following phrase prominently displayed: "Can imagine a world of love, peace and no wars. Then I imagine myself attacking that place, because they would never expect it."

On Dahlquist's MySpace page, she described her mood as "unsure," and Khan's page featured anarchist symbols and the phrase: "You are 80 percent evil."

Court records show at least one suspect was the focus of a weapons investigation earlier this year.

According to a March 2008 search warrant, Apex police seized an assault rifle, ammunition and a computer hard drive from Hare's home after receiving a report that he allegedly shot a paintball gun at a bus while it was in motion and allegedly made statements about blowing up a school bus

He faced charges, but they were dismissed.

Meanwhile, classmates expressed shock and sadness Wednesday afternoon on learning that two of their classmates had been charged.

Cindy Young, whose daughter is a senior at Panther Creek High School, said her daughter was relieved that the students there were no longer on campus.

"It's kind of scary to know what kind of people [are] in our school and what they would do to a person," said Libby Brzezinski, a student at Apex High.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 11, 8:56 a.m.

    I believe all the kids knew right from wrong. Now they will have to face the serious consequences. My condolences to the family that lost their son. May the Lord continue to be with you.

  • peachesaporter Dec 10, 11:36 a.m.

    For all of you making neg. comments on here about the four kids you need to stop. You dont know them, you dont know what happend until this is all over with you should be praying for their families. Exspecially matt's family who has no lost their son.

  • sarahmama Dec 4, 6:45 p.m.

    I just feel bad for all of the families. Matthew's family is grieving for their loss, but the other families have suffered a major loss also. If their children did have any part of this horrible situation, their lives have all been changed, horribly. The sad part is, the families will face much more persecution, because of what their children may have done. The kids are in jail, they don't have to face humiliation in public, but their parents, siblings, and grandparents will. I just have to ask that we pray for all of the families. Also for all of the kids. There is obviously something terribly wrong for anyone to kill another human being.

  • ifcdirector Dec 4, 6:20 p.m.

    "Is it me or does there seem to be more crime down 'south. Coming from the north the crime level here seems horribly high...."

    Then move back north then.

  • Eduardo1 Dec 4, 5:55 p.m.

    this is a STALE article. go to the newest report about the identity being confirmed as Matt!

  • nan3789 Dec 4, 5:13 p.m.

    There are cases though of people being born with small defects in the brain leaving them with no sense of right and wrong, and sometimes without the ability to fell empathy. Now tell me, how can anyone be a good person without empathy, it cant happen. Therefore there are a small, small, percentage that could be born "evil," or bad in a way. I cant give anymore detail then this, Im just passing information along that I have picked up, Im not an authority on it.

  • THANOS Dec 4, 4:40 p.m.

    Rev. RB - "Children can be as evil as adults and make no mistake, some ARE born that way. Some also come about because we raise them that way...God help us!!!"

    Come on... do you honestly expect folks to believe this absurd mess? No one is born evil, just like no one is born good. You could have taken a baby Adolph Hitler, raised him in a sensible home with proper guidance, and he could have turned out to be pope material. The point is this: children become adults based upon sensory data and environmental conditioning.

    Step out of the stone age and let that mumbo-jumbo about good and evil go.

  • Leftwing Dec 4, 3:28 p.m.

    Is it me or does there seem to be more crime down 'south. Coming from the north the crime level here seems horribly high....

  • LovingLife Dec 4, 2:39 p.m.

    LOL @ nan3789, deduce & dlb800!!!......:)

  • dlb800 Dec 4, 2:14 p.m.

    Hey Dolphan,

    I've been playing violent video games since they came out. I've been watching violent TV shows, and violent movies since I was probably a teenager. I also own a "few" firearms. I don't listen to heavy metal though.

    I have a clean record also. Go figure.

    - dlb

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