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durham murder

Posted June 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— People in a Durham neighborhood want action following a shocking murder and its frightening fallout.

Police call it a case of retribution. Someone spray-painted the words "murder" and "killer" onto the Glover Road house of a Durham father who police say helped his son kill another young man. More frightening is a shotgun blast through the front door -- a blast that police believe was meant to send a message.

Martin Honeycutt lived in the house until he was charged with murder. Police say that he passed a gun on to his son, Jason Honeycutt. Jason allegedly gunned down 19-year-old Jason Gates only a few hundred feet from the Honeycutt house last week.

Bill Barbee, the landlord of the house, said that he does not know who's behind the vandalism, but he feels that he is the only victim.

For neighbor Leroy Williams, handing down justice is not the duty of citizens. He says that the job is best left for the police.

Folks at Durham Congregations In Action are trying to turn the situation on Glover Road into a positive community event. D.C.I.A.'s David Winer says that his group wants to call on a higher source to help solve the community's problems.

The organization plans to hold a prayer vigil on Glover Road at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon to pray for not only the victim, but also for the suspects.

Meanwhile, police hope that the vandal or vandals who attacked the house will put a stop to it before another person gets hurt.