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Three face additional charges in Apex teen's death

Posted February 11, 2010

— Three of four Apex teens accused of killing a friend in 2008 were recently charged with attempting to commit the crime five days before they succeeded, according to court documents.

Each of the four -- Allegra Rose Dahlquist, Ryan Patrick Hare, Aadil Shahid Khan and Drew Logan Shaw -- faces one count of first-degree murder for the death of Matthew Josiah Silliman, 18, a student at Apex High School.

Hare and Shaw were also indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

Wake County deputies found Silliman's body on Dec. 2, 2008, at an unoccupied property in New Hill owned by members of Dahlquist's family. Silliman was reported missing on Nov. 26, and he was the subject of a Silver Alert. Arrest warrants said the homicide occurred Nov. 30.

Dahlquist, Hare and Kahn now face additional charges of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for an incident on Nov. 25. No details about that incident were immediately available Thursday.

Lawyers for Dahlquist, Khan and Shaw have indicated that the trio would testify against Hare in the murder case.

The case is expected to go to trial May 24.

According to search warrants in the case, three of the accused confessed to their involvement in Silliman's death and implicated the fourth suspect as being directly involved in his death.

The suspects are believed to have been friends with Silliman. Dahlquist and Khan were seniors at Apex High School at the time, while Shaw was a sophomore at Panther Creek High School. Hare withdrew from Panther Creek High School in February 2008.


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  • peachlimedaquri Feb 17, 2010

    I would just like to say that blaming the parents doesn't do a thing. These kids made these terrible choices on their own. What they did to Matt was sick. Especially because they were supposed to be his friends. We all love and miss you very much, Matt!!!

  • oleguy Feb 11, 2010

    They need to be put away forever, and let their parents pay the bill for their up keep, Then be put on display at least once a month for kids to view first hand what happens when they do stupid things, No TV, No video games, One hour in the yard a week, and be always seperated from each other,

  • Magpie6636 Feb 11, 2010

    Take a look at these two sites: http://twitter.com/llegra and http://twitter.com/SageNC. Tells me a little bit about how this could have happened.

  • Iworkforaliving Feb 11, 2010

    if we ever needed the definition of a knee jerk reaction, you just gave it with

    "4 bad seeds...the killing has to stop!!! lock the kids up and the parents!"

  • garnertoy Feb 11, 2010

    they ruined so many lives

  • cocker_mom Feb 11, 2010

    Something is going on here... if three of them were going to testify against the 4th - and now - they are also going ot be charged with a further crime of trying to do this several days earlier - sounds like they might be acting less than cooperatively? If someone is providing good solid evidence for another case - it seems odd that they are facing further charges...

    This is so beyond sick - there are no words to describe it.

  • 2thebeach Feb 11, 2010

    I hope these heathens rot in jail and think about what they did every day of their sorry lives.

  • raggy831 Feb 11, 2010

    Why do you want to put the parents in jail? All of the teens were old enough to know right from wrong! Will they get a clean slate when they become 21?

  • Adelinthe Feb 11, 2010

    I can't even imagine what these teens were thinking, or what their families think of them now.

    Such a tragedy for all!

    Praying for all the families involved.

    God bless.


  • IzzMad2016 Feb 11, 2010

    "The suspects are believed to have been friends with Silliman."

    I'm sure that sentence was just a poor choice of words by whomever wrote this article. I don't believe "friends" would typically plan to murder a friend....fail and then try again with success. Acquaintances, sure. Friends? At best people the victim mistakenly thought were his friends.