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Friend says woman's breakup may have prompted Durham murder-suicide

Posted October 7, 2015 12:44 p.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2015 6:10 p.m. EDT

— A woman who was gunned down late Tuesday in a west Durham neighborhood recently broke up with the man police say killed her before taking his own life.

The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the driveway of a home in the 1000 block of Oakland Avenue, police said. Several people called 911 to report hearing a barrage of gunfire, followed by a woman's blood-curdling screams.

Raluca Iosif, who celebrated her 40th birthday last weekend, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her brother, Razvaiya Iosif, 38, survived the shooting but remained hospitalized Wednesday evening for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police identified the gunman as David Dietrich Holder, 40, of Raleigh.

A friend said Wednesday that Raluca Iosif recently broke up with Holder, which might have been the motive for the shooting.

A native of Romania, Raluca Iosif had worked in North Carolina for more than a decade, most recently at IntraHealth International in Durham, a nonprofit that supports health care workers in developing counties.

"She was incredibly dedicated. In some ways, some people thought she was too dedicated, too professional, too married to her work," said Rebecca Kohler, senior vice president of corporate strategy and development at IntraHealth.

Iosif identified new sources of funding for IntraHealth and oversaw all applications for grants from institutional donors, Kohler said.

"We’re all in shock here – a senseless, senseless death," she said. "We’re going to miss her commitment to the organization and her love of life. She was definitely a giving and loving spirit. That’s what we’re going to miss."

Razvaiya Iosif was visiting Durham with his wife and child from Romania, friends said, noting that the brother and sister hadn't seen each other in six years.