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Deputies: Daughter kills mother in Durham tire shop shooting

Posted January 12, 2015

— The co-owner of a Durham tire shop was shot and killed by her daughter inside the business Monday afternoon – the same location of a 2012 shooting that left the victim's husband wounded, the Durham County Sheriff's Office said.

Betty Tice Turner, 62, was killed inside J.T. Tire on East Geer Street in Durham. Her daughter, Rebekah Turner Maxwell, 38, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, deputies said. Maxwell remained in the Durham County jail Monday night under no bond.

Investigators did not say what led to the shooting.

Turner's husband, John, was one of five people shot inside the tire shop on March 23, 2012 after a man walked into the business and opened fire.

John Turner survived the shooting. Terry Shaw, an employee, and Javier Ramirez, a customer, were also shot.

Store employee Naomi Wright Turner, 65, and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, were killed. Abdelganir was a driver for Durham’s Best Cab Company who stopped in to fix a tire.

O'Brian McNeil White, 26, was arrested for the 2012 shooting and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. His trial is scheduled for March 2.

Stephanie Byrd, whose father worked at the business for years, remembered Betty Turner as someone who was always available.

"A good person. Holidays she would make our family cakes and deserts," she said. "She was always there for my family when we needed her."


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  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 13, 2015

    This woman has ruined her life, along with many others who cared about Mrs. Turner. What a waste.

  • vile garbage Jan 13, 2015

    I know these people personally and it wasn't drug related in a any way.

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  • Lorna Schuler Jan 13, 2015
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    Ummm.... first shooting in 2012 was a robbery. You know, a business where they do cash transactions like many other small, privately owned businesses?

    This one was family and I would venture a guess it's because the daughter is a drug addict and probably was trying to get money or whatever from mom. Things didn't go her way and here we are.

  • johnnymanziel Jan 13, 2015

    What in the name of God happened here??

  • Fred Kozlof Jan 13, 2015
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    Judging by the news, it seems that an awful lot of people think guns/shooting is the answer to 'the' problem. And now there are other problems. So overall, just how well does 'that solution' work out??? Was it really such a good idea to have a gun available?

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Jan 13, 2015

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    You're right. They may be trying to put on tires by day and keeping a drug addict daughter off the streets at night. You obviously have no idea giving an ignorant assertion like that

  • mekanik911 Jan 13, 2015

    Just because the daughter looks like a drug addict does not mean the whole family was dealing drugs. Come on people.

  • MPS Jan 13, 2015

    That mug shot belongs in a Faces of Meth slideshow. RIP to the deceased. Praying for the survivors.

  • kbkline Jan 13, 2015

    Is it just me or does everyone that gets arrested now look like they've been in a boxing match lol. On a serious note it's sad to see this type of thing. One can speculate and seeing as how there was an incident there in the past you do wonder if some type of drug activity going on there.