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Woman killed at Duke clinic was shot six times

Posted June 8, 2010

— The Duke University Health System clinic employee killed last month in an attack by a former boyfriend was shot six times, an autopsy report released Tuesday shows.

Charlene King, 49, was working as a phlebotomist at the North Duke Street Clinic, at 3116 N. Duke St., when the shooter, entered the clinic, shot her and then fled.

Police chased the gunman, Burnette Taylor, exchanged fire with him near the corner of Broad and Carver streets and killed him.

Taylor, 52, died at Duke University Hospital a few hours later, a family member said.

King’s autopsy shows she had wounds to her chest, stomach, back and buttocks. The damage from those wounds to her lungs and heart killed her, the medical examiner concluded.

King’s stepson said she had ended a year-long relationship with Taylor before the attack. She had worked at the Duke clinic for more than 20 years, he said.


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  • melany333 Jun 8, 2010

    thanks kikinc...you are being realistic. Just think of every single business in Durham...think of how many security officers that would be. Things as sad as they are do happen and can happen even if security officers are present.

  • kikinc Jun 8, 2010

    It's unrealistic to have security guards at every place of business. And in this case, it probably wouldn't have made a difference. These things happen, tragic as they are, and I don't think there's a solution to stop them entirely. I knew Charlene, and she was a wonderful human being. She will be missed immensely.

  • allie19 Jun 8, 2010

    OMG! That guy sat next to me in the Duke ED for 6 hours one night! He was dressed up like a preacher in a tan suit and ate snacks from the vending machine the WHOLE time!! He was talking to everyone and just hung out the whole time!

  • slawrence Jun 8, 2010

    "So every single place of business in Durham should have a security guard?"


  • melany333 Jun 8, 2010

    So every single place of business in Durham should have a security guard?

  • melany333 Jun 8, 2010

    So every single clinic in Durham or every single building where someone works should have a security guard?

  • colliedave Jun 8, 2010

    one has to wonder if her life could have been saved if an armed security guard had been present