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Wake Forest police investigating 23-year-old's stabbing death

Posted March 7, 2013

— Police are investigating the stabbing death of a 23-year-old man at a Wake Forest apartment complex.

Dorian Kwame Cunningham died at WakeMed Wednesday evening after the stabbing, sometime around 6 p.m. at Glen Royal Mills Apartments, 876 N. Main St., Apt. 218, authorities said Thursday.

Investigators initially classified his death as accidental but now they say they are treating it as suspicious.

Police did not say why, but according to a 911 call released Thursday afternoon, the caller said that Cunningham's girlfriend told her that he tripped over a box and fell onto a knife that was sticking out of it.

Cunningham reportedly lived at the apartment with his girlfriend and her daughter, and neighbors said they heard arguing coming from the home Wednesday evening.

Bill Crabtree, a spokesman for the Town of Wake Forest, said that within the past year, police responded 12 times to domestic-related calls at the address.

At least one was to check on the welfare of someone at the address, Crabtree said. Another had to do with a disturbance, and a third related to Wednesday night's stabbing, Crabtree said.

He could not say speak of any of the other instances, saying not every police call results in a police report.

Cunningham was a former correctional officer at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner but resigned in July 2012, according to a spokesman with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.


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  • Scubagirl Mar 7, 2013

    12 times the cops came in the last year and some for domestic issues.......thinking not so accidental after all.

  • bombayrunner Mar 7, 2013

    were all the schools put on lockdown in a 10 mile radius!!

  • bombayrunner Mar 7, 2013

    yet if this knife were a gun it would be a CRIME STASTISTIC !!!

  • I stand corrected Mar 7, 2013

    Ummm, Sound like it is time to think about a knife ban. I am sure with the police having to respond to his home 12 times in a year that all parties involved are outstanding citizens.

  • M-Man Mar 7, 2013

    We've got to do "something" to prevent this from ever happening again!!!!

  • ICTrue Mar 7, 2013

    Accident of not, whatever kind of knife it was should be outlawed. I hope one of the few remaining liberal law makers can figure out how to take advantage of this poor man's death, so it was not in vein.

  • Terkel Mar 7, 2013

    "Accidental" = nobody saw nuffin

  • Relic Mar 7, 2013

    "Accidental" = We don't want to admit we have crime in Wake Forest.

  • chrisnrali Mar 7, 2013

    no age limit for correctional officers besides being either 18 or 21, i forget which.

  • Scubagirl Mar 7, 2013

    guess it wasn't an 'accidental' stabbing after all.