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Autopsy released for one victim in quadruple shooting

Posted June 30, 2011
Updated July 15, 2011

— One of four people found dead along a road in Research Triangle Park on June 10 was shot four times, according to an autopsy released Thursday. 

Alexandria J. "AJ" Baker Pierce, 23, of 2327 Oriole Drive, Amesha Alia Page-Smith, 24, of 822 Roane St., and Adrianne Celeste Stevens, 22, of 2022 Buffalo Way, were found in a parked car near the intersection of Park Office Drive and N.C. Highway 54 in Research Triangle Park. 

An autopsy for Page-Smith showed that she was shot in the right upper shoulder, left side of her stomach, right leg and right upper back. The investigation showed she was shot with a .45-caliber handgun while sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle. 

Authorities say Brinton Millsap, 23, of 8 Mellon Court, shot the women and then himself.

Stevens' mother said the four had been friends since elementary school. Pierce and Millsap were dating.

All four attended Durham's Southern High School at one time. Page-Smith graduated in 2005 and Stevens followed in 2006. Pierce graduated from Hillside the same year. Millsap withdrew from Durham's Northern High in 2006. 

Pierce was a senior at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro studying English. Page-Smith was one course shy of a degree in psychology at North Carolina A&T University, but had not been enrolled there since spring 2010, school officials said.


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  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Jul 1, 2011

    Ohhh - Thanks for clarifying, Kristy3

    I must have missed the previous mention of him being sick.

    Sounds like he was sick and evil to me. Victim and victimizer. Sad ending to a sad story.

  • kristy3 Jul 1, 2011

    @afternoondliter, in prior stories, it stated that he was sick... He had been given a short time to live.

  • bombayrunner Jul 1, 2011

    shooting someone at close range like that with a cannon (.45) is either really mad or really hate.

  • bombayrunner Jul 1, 2011

    sounds like a bad breakup because UNC grads and HS Drop-outs would soon find their way drifting apart.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Jul 1, 2011

    @ TrueBlue

    How do you know for sure he was sick & not evil?

    I'm not saying you're wrong, just asking how you can say that with such confidence.

  • Real World Jul 1, 2011

    Young people need to know who is really your friends. Once you finish high school you can't always hang out with those old school friends. Life is changing and you must change. Young people ask yourself are my friend pushing me towards my dreams or are they a liability against my dreams? If they are a Liability leave them alone. AND GIRLS if you can't not be number one it's not worth it to be a good # 2 for any man.

  • IAMAmerican Jul 1, 2011

    Millsap was sick, not evil! It's a tragedy all away around!

  • nclissy79 Jul 1, 2011

    This could have been a suicide pact and he was the one asked to carry it out. No one but those four will really know what happened that night. It's up to Him now.

  • Ol Forrester Jul 1, 2011

    Millsap was a perpetrator, not a victim -- NEVER forget that. I sincerely hope the Lord deals harshly with him.