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Bodies of man, woman found in Durham house

Posted February 8, 2010

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— Durham police opened a double homicide investigation Monday after officers doing a welfare check found the bodies of a man and woman in a house on Lynn Road.

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Police Chief Jose Lopez said that a relative who hadn't seen the victims for a while called 911 at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

In the call, a man says that he went to the house to check on his brother but couldn't get inside. No one answered the door, although two cars were parked outside.

"We don't know what's going on inside," said the caller, who translated for the relative.

"Police officers came in order to do a wellness check ... and they discovered two individuals who were deceased," Lopez said. No one was in the house when the bodies were found.

The identities of the victims were withheld Monday, pending notification of relatives. Friends said the couple was dating.

No cause of death was released, but investigators labeled the deaths homicides.

"We believe it is, but we can't be absolutely sure until the medical examiner checks," Lopez said.

Investigators didn't have a suspect Monday, but Lopez said they don't believe the slayings were a random crime.

"The public needs to know that this does not in anyway appear to be a random act, that we are on top of it, investigating it," Lopez said. "We are hoping the public will come forward and assist us as they have in the past with many other homicides."

Officers blocked off Lynn Road at Holloway Street Monday morning, and the street remained late Monday afternoon. A fender-bender occurred at the intersection shortly after the crime scene tape went up.

Forensics and crime scene investigators have been at the scene since Sunday night. A K-9 search was done overnight, and interpreters helped officers conduct interviews.

Police records indicate that, since November 2006, police were dispatched 14 times to 111 Lynn Road, which is registered to Holmes Oil Co. Five of the incidents involved break-ins, while four were for disturbances.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Investigator Gill at 919-560-4440, ext. 29322, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • hedgy_one Feb 9, 2010

    Crime happens in all parts of both Raleigh & Durham. Not everyone can afford to live in $250,000 houses.... many (including me) live in middle class working neighborhoods that have a mixed ethnic population. That doesn't make it a "bad" neighborhood.... when people join together in a Community Watch it helps keep things calmer, though.

  • hwgbear Feb 8, 2010

    I live on Lynn Rd... when I step out on to the porch I can see the house in question. I am white and bought a house in this neighborhood 6 months ago. This neighborhood is predominately black, this neighborhood is low income, but this neighborhood is NOT a bad neighborhood.
    In the six months we have lived here we have had no problems with anyone... the people of this neighborhood are mainly your average low-income, hardworking Americans that make up the backbone of this country. Just because you drive through a neighborhood and see people walking up and down the street doesn't mean it's a bad neighborhood or that they are out there up to no good... some people simply have to use public transportation. Our neighborhood may be different than yours, it may not be as pretty, or as wealthy as yours... but it is our home. I'm proud of my community and the good citizens that live in it.
    And to those who still have negative things to say, remember this could happen in any neighborhood.

  • Gnathostomata Feb 8, 2010

    How sad. Condolences to the brother.

    And for those of you who enjoy bashing Durham, why don't you look around at all the wonderful things in Durham. There are many fine people living and working there, and I have found it a great place to shop. There are civic organizations that offer many opportunities for children and parents to participate, cultural and science buildings for great learning experiences. And a Wow of a library system!

    Any time people group themselves into large populations the preditors move in to siphon off them. If the laws were just, this element would only be able to try it once. I have to admire the police that have to go into "these areas" to clean up and investigate crime. May they solve this one quickly and remove the perp from the streets.

  • 007KnightRider Feb 8, 2010

    I agree Ron Burgund. The only safe area in Durham Co. is Bahama and Rougemont drive north of the city and don't stop!

  • R_U_Nuts Feb 8, 2010

    manofjustice, I am not going to get into comments about the story, but all I wanted to mention is that the crime statistics for any given neighborhood speak volumes for themselves. I can see where people that state the obvious might be regarded as "mean". Personally I work at some University up there in Durham and I can attest that under no certain terms would I drive let alone stop in certain neighborhoods. It is called common sense street smarts.

  • manofjustice Feb 8, 2010

    Durham, NC is a martyr city. It has very influential people. It has very hard working honest people. Why do people always criticize a city that has brought forth some of history's greatest peoples. Look at the goodness people and leave the hatred, racist, and despicable remarks to yourselves. Be proud that Durham is in our state and be proud of Durham just as much as I is.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 8, 2010

    For those of you who say this is not, I'd like to know what some of you think is a "bad" area.

  • Weetie Feb 8, 2010

    In Durham? Wow...

  • TarHeel4Real Feb 8, 2010

    Those calling this area not a bad area are kidding themselves. It used to be ok until the mid 90s. Then the Joyland and downtown Durham crowd started migrating farther down Holloway Street and Miami Blvd. The same thing farther down the road on Mineral Springs. The only good place in Durham anymore is way out in Bahama.

  • doubletap357 Feb 8, 2010

    The fact that 18 calls to 911 were made from there should tell you that something is wrong.